Let Others Praise You

“Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.”

Proverbs 27:1-2

We live in a selfish society. If you look around, everything is about what can I get or what can I do for myself or how do I look. We live in a time where everyone is pointing out their own accomplishments and bringing praise and recognition to themselves, especially through social media.

We all can think of that one person, who always has a better story or is always praising themselves. And we can all agree, that person gets on our nerves, yet we still try to be friendly. If you can’t think of someone like this, it is probably you….

The Bible, especially Proverbs, talks much about pride and the sin of pridefulness. When someone is bringing praise to themself, they are disobeying what the Word of God has to say about receiving praise.

People who are constantly bringing praise to themselves, are trying to build themselves up and look good in the eyes of their peers and really anyone who will notice. They aren’t concerned about how or what they are doing, they are more concerned whether or not people are noticing.

We, as Christians, should be more concerned about what we are doing and the effort we are putting into what we are doing, whether it is or secular job or our spiritual job for Christ. If we do what we are supposed to do, praise and recognition will come. What I have I learned in my short life is this, “Someone is always watching what you do.” That is a simple thought if you really think about it. Yes, we know, God is watching everything you do. There is no private, hiding place from God. But in this day and age, while out in public, someone is always watching what you do. With that being said, do what you are supposed to do, and put your best effort into what you do, and you will get that praise and recognition.

So the thought for the day is this, “Don’t worry about letting people know what you are doing, only focus on doing what you should be doing!”

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