4 January 2013

Self-Praise Is No Recommendation - a further thought

I've been mulling over one or two things lately and I came across a couple of posts that I wrote about Self-Praise a few years ago now. You can read them here and here. Now, this makes perfect sense to me. After all, everyone wants to show themselves in the best light - but some people seem to make more of a habit of it...
With the New Year, it's likely that there will be a large number of people seeking to update their CVs or resumes at the moment, as the change of year brings with it new possibilities and potential new beginnings. How, then, do you put yourself in the best light when you shouldn't be praising yourself up?

The answer comes straight out of scripture. You shouldn't - it's a question of letting others speak for you. Or simply let the facts speak for themselves.

Proverbs 27:2 (NIV)
Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.

And the implications of this are? Just concentrate on doing your job to the best of your ability. Let others take care of your reputation. Don't be full of yourself - instead, fill yourself with better things, with things of God. Don't boast - instead, try and work on humility.

Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

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