Monday, March 17, 2014

I Get So Embarrassed When I Hear Myself Bragging

Photo by Eaglebrook School (Flickr)
“Well, I’m president of my firm, of course. And the only way I could get away to be here was to have my partner service my million-dollar-plus clients until I return. I just hope he doesn’t mess things up….”

No, I have never heard anybody actually say those exact words, but we’ve probably all heard a braggart make similar remarks, especially at a class reunion.

Personally, I try to refrain from bragging. Indeed, I’m quite proud of the level of humility I’ve achieved over the years! ;)

1 Corinthians 13:4 (NASB)
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant.

Boasting is never attractive. I get so embarrassed when I hear myself sounding haughty, that I immediately try to redeem myself by attempting to say something humble-sounding: “I have the whitest teeth in the family!” (Pause.) “But, then again my teeth are so big, maybe they just look whiter!”

Seriously, it’s no fun being around someone who’s constantly bragging, is it? It not only displays a lack of love (and respect) for others; but it also reveals a lack of self-love when one feels the necessity to prove his worth.

Perhaps we can minimize our temptation to brag by understanding God’s love for us. I want to be so secure in His love that I don’t have to reach for validation from others. Furthermore, I want to love others with that same kind of love, thus helping to remove their need for boasting, also.

Are those your desires, too?

This week let’s meditate (and/or memorize) and practice the entire fourth verse of 1 Corinthians 13.

This week’s goal:
This week I will validate my worth by meditating on God’s unconditional love for me. As I focus on 1 Corinthians 13:4, I will depend on the Holy Spirit’s presence within me to help me become more patient and kind – and  much less jealous of others.

Father, once again I realize how valuable Your love is! I can do nothing worthwhile without it. Please continue to help me grow more secure in You so that I can share Your love, patience and kindness with others.

Let me know how you do with this very challenging verse.

  • When are you most likely to brag?
  • How do you feel when you blow your own horn?
  • What have been the consequences of your arrogance?
  • Would knowing God loves you imperfect as you are decrease your need to boast?

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