Adult Friend Temperance
Day 8: Humillity
Do not boast or brag to your friends about your accomplishments.
Bragging is ugly. There’s a difference between excitement and bragging. We know you’re thrilled about your new “toy,” but others may be cutting back on their basic needs — be sensitive. As John Wooden said, “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”
In my humble opinion… Many of us come from humble beginnings. We make something of ourselves through pursuit of knowledge, integrity, hard work, and most of all Gods graces. Yes, should be proud of the success that they’ve earned, but that doesn’t give them the right to be rude or disrespectful to others.
Some people get a thrill from boasting about their accomplishments or showing off their possessions. Honestly, these people bore me to death. Blah, blah, blah… They’ve convinced themselves that they’re better than others are. Seriously, all the money in the world doesn’t make you a better person. It simply means that you have more money. We all know money can’t buy everything. It can’t buy love, a close family, good friends, a clear conscience, life balance, a happy home, or a second chance in life, among other things. And money is the root of much evil in this world.
Be humble. Humility is a sign of strength, not weakness. People with humility possess an inner peace. They’re modest about their achievements, grounded in their values, and they have nothing to prove to others. They’re down to earth, comfortable in their own skin, and quietly proud. Humble people shift their focus from taking to giving, from talking about themselves to listening to others, from hoarding the credit to deflecting the praise, and from being a “know-it-all” to knowing there’s so much more in life worth learning. There’s no ego and no games. Humble people are authentic.
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” – C.S. Lewis
Bible Verses About Boasting (RSV)
Usually when Scripture talks about idle words we think about profanity, but it can also be the sin of bragging. This sin is very easy to commit and I’m guilty, I’ve struggled with this in my walk of faith. We can boast without even knowing it. I have to constantly ask myself did I handle that discussion with the person with love or did I just want to boast?
Did you know… When you know a lot about a subject that can lead us to boasting as well. Many people carry on in discussions just to show off their knowledge, that’s boasting. Again I sit there listening the them but only hear… Blah, blah, blah… I’ve tuned them out. Boasting is Boring!
“Least doers are the greatest boasters.” ~ William Gurnall
“If you show off do not get upset when God doesn’t show up.” ~ Matshona Dhliwayo
“There is no need to boast of your accomplishments and what you can do. A great man is known, he needs no introduction.” ~ CherLisa Biles
Boasting is a sin.
Jeremiah 9:23 Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches;
James 4:16-17 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Whoever knows what is right to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
Psalm 10:2-4 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes which they have devised. For the wicked boasts of the desires of his heart, and the man greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord. In the pride of his countenance the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
Psalm 75:4-5 “I say to the boastful, “Do not boast,” and to the wicked, “Do not lift up your horn; do not lift up your horn on high, or speak with insolent neck.”
You don’t have to brag, let other people do the talking.
Proverbs 27:2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.
Check your motives for doing things. Why am I doing this?
The Gift of Love
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging symbol. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Giving to others to brag how you helped them.
Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people in order to be noticed by them.
Matthew 6:1-26 “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
When it’s acceptable to boast.
1 Corinthians 1:31 – 1 Corinthians 2:1 therefore, as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord.” When I came to you, brethren, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God in lofty words or wisdom.
2 Corinthians 11:30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
Catholic Bible Revised Standard Version (RSV)
Today’s Saint: St. Bernadette Soubirous
When St. Bernadette was a young girl living in Lourdes, France, she saw a vision of Our Lady. “I am the Immaculate Conception,” Mary said to her. Although Bernadette did not know what that meant, she did all that Our Lady asked her to do. As a result the Church learned more about Our Blessed Mother. Bernadette became a nun and spoke no more of her visions. She showed great humility by never seeking fame or recognition, even though Our Lady had chosen her to be God’s messenger.