Saturday, December 14, 2013

Proverbs 27:2

"Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips."
Proverbs 27:2

This is interesting, and cool.   It made me think of yearly reviews at work, and trying to know what to say about yourself, and about others.  And usually, especially when we just begin working, we have no idea what to even say about ourselves.  It probably depends on the person, but I think for a lot of us, it takes a long time in life to learn about ourselves and really see our strengths and weaknesses. :)  I think sometimes what other people say about us is so important to us just *because* we are unsure about ourselves and trying to play life by ear... not really knowing what we are doing.  Maybe that is why this verse is so important.  Because beyond the confusion of our intentions at times, our actions towards others still define us... and we have to make sure that those are positive.  That even if we aren't sure about who were are or what we stand for all the time, that we are still really careful with other people while we're figuring ourselves out.  God asks us to put others before ourselves, probably partly because we haven't figured ourselves out, probably because we have a tendency to turn selfish.
Today, even though we don't want to go crazy and do bad things for or because of other people, let's work on making sure that we treat other people well.  Let's not be boastful or selfish, but try to make our good aspects... our good selves... show through our actions, each day.  And if we aren't getting enough praise and we don't feel loved, let's get on our knees.  God will help us to know how much we are loved... always.

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