Praise from Another

Proverbs 27:2

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.

There are some people who seem to have everything in life and they don’t mind letting you know about it either.  They are smart, good looking, athletic, financially blessed – you name it, they have it.

There’s a simple truth that many don’t acknowledge about their success; it’s God given.  There are things that we do to earn what we have and others that are simply a result of genetics.  But even what we accomplish, we do with the abilities that God has given us. 

There are a few athletes and entertainers that are known as Christians.  And many others who give lip service to God as they hold up an award but pay no attention to their maker at any other time of their life.  It is ok to speak about your accomplishments if you do so by acknowledging that they’re not really your accomplishments.  What we do, we do only by the grace of God and the gifts that He has given us.

There’s another reason why we don’t need to call attention to how great we think we are.  If we’re really that great, other people are going to know anyway.  It means a lot more to hear words of praise come from someone else than to repeat them to yourself for the thousandth time.

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