Social media has opened the door for boasters to boast.
I can understand an occasional shout-out to “self” for something amazing we’ve done, but not all the time. For the person who constantly needs to tell the world how great they are, there is usually something else brewing inside.
Boasting, bragging, and self-promoting are behaviors born from the fear of not being good enough. This fear usually leads to a feeling of insecurity which can best be overcome (we think) by telling everyone how great we are or how much we know.
When it is all said and done, God will care very little about our worldly accomplishments but instead, be most concerned with what we did for His people.
Today I try my best to replace any desires I have to bring attention to myself with a desire to bring attention to God’s transforming powers.
When my life is more about God than it is about me, things seem to go a little bit smoother.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV), “This is what the Lord says: ‘Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let those who boast, boast about this: that they understand and know me.'”
What beliefs, thoughts, and actions cause you to struggle with boasting or bragging?
Additional Scripture to read and reflect on: Proverbs 27:1, Jude 1:16, Matthew 6:1-4, Matthew 5:5