Love Isn't...Boastful

Boasting is Pride's best friend. Pride struts around, while Boasting makes sure you know why it's strutting and why it struts better than you. 

It often comes in the form of the "one upper." You know, the person who hears your story, and then has to top it with their own? Just listen to a new mom share her first labor and delivery story and you'll hear another mom chime in with how easy the first time mom's experience was compared to her much worse experience.

A boaster has an inflated sense of pride. They happily brag to you, making sure you know they have something special you don't have. When we boast, we stand on top of others and their experiences so that we can lift ourselves higher.

Love doesn't need to elevate itself. One of Love's best friends is Humility. Proverbs 27:2 says, "Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth - a stranger, not your own lips." Humility and Love know that we don't need to brag or boast about ourselves to be recognized or appreciated. 

Let's try to live out these words today: "Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had," Philippians 2:4-6.

- Today's Prayer -

Dear Lord, 

Help me not to seek recognition for myself and my experiences today. I don't want to stand on top of someone to elevate myself. Help me to be humble and to listen without wanting to compare. God, when I am tempted to brag in an unholy way, help me to recognize it in the moment.