Words of Truth from the Proverbs
2 Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.
I think all of us have within our life either a family member, a friend or at least an acquaintance that seems to always be talking about themselves. It doesn’t seem to matter what the conversation is about, somehow the conversation swings back to them and their situation or accomplishments.
You can be speaking about a sickness or a problem, theirs is always more dire, desperate or unexplainable.
You can speak about a recent trip or some event in your life; they had a grander trip or a more exciting event.
The conversation might even be about someone else’s award or achievement; yet they’re able to turn the conversation around to focus upon their own achievements, etc.
Solomon reminds us that it’s a whole lot better to allow others to speak of your achievements and awards than to come across as a braggart, filled with your own eg.
I’ve heard it said that it’s hard for someone else to blow your trumpet if you are always blowing it. That’s a type of modern proverb that reminds us that if we continually praise ourselves and speak of our own achievements, no one else will bother.
If the truth be known, whatever gains you may have in this life come from the Lord anyway. So, instead of always talking about yourself, why don’t you become one who gives all glory and honor and praise to Jesus. He is the One worthy of our praise and worthy of honor.
Let your life be known as one who is continually giving glory to God rather than seeking the glory of men for yourself…