Let Others Speak Well Of You
Posted: Wednesday, November 4
Verse of the day:
Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth—a stranger, not your own lips. (Proverbs 27:2)
Solomon has much to say about the words that should and should not come out of our mouths. In this proverb we are warned against praising ourselves.
We’ve all felt the urge to talk ourselves up to others. Perhaps we like to talk about what a great mom or dad we are based on our extraordinary and beautiful kids. Or we love to discuss the promotions that keep coming our way at work. Or we like to share the flex-selfie after a good workout. All of this in moderation really isn’t a big deal but when we develop a reputation of focusing on and praising ourselves we are not operating in the spirit of Christ.
Max Lucado says that demanding respect is like chasing a butterfly. Chase it and you’ll never catch it. Sit still, and it may land on your shoulder.
The French philosopher Blaise Pascal [1623-1662] asked, “Do you wish people to speak well of you? Then never speak well of yourself.”