by Heather Tietz
But far be it from me to boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
A woman at my childhood church never let a compliment end with her.
She had a beautiful singing voice. Whenever people would tell her so she would respond, “Praise be to God.“ She must have known her vocal cords were unique, but she wouldn’t take any credit for them.
We all have special gifts of God: good memories, fine motor abilities, great social skills, physical features of some sort that enable us to perform well or the extra patience for learning a certain something.
We’ve had families that encouraged our abilities, or used their money to sharpen our skills, or perhaps used our own God-given determination to better our talents.
Regardless, our ribbons and trophies are not our own. God has had His hand in every success. We can’t boast… not about ourselves, at least.
However, as Paul says, we can boast about God’s love. That’s worth tooting a horn for. Instead of belittling others, boasting about God’s love encourages people.
Everyone can be included. Everyone is invited to join His family. He lived and died for all. Pour that on someone today. Whether they know Him or not, point out the good things God is doing in their life.
Brag about God’s great love for them.
Gracious and loving God,
Help me to brag about Your great love for people. And help me to realize the only thing worth boasting of in my life is You.
In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.