|Detroit Institute of Arts|
My spiritual habit is to begin the morning by reading Psalms and Proverbs, and praying as these texts escort me into God's presence.
I can only take a few verses at a time.
Today I read Proverbs 27:2:
Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth;
an outsider, and not your own lips.
The Message reads:
Don’t call attention to yourself; let others do that for you.
If, and when, others affirm us, how shall we handle this?
Thomas Merton wrote:
"The humble man receives praise the way
a clean window takes the light of the sun.
The truer and more intense the light is,
the less you see of the glass.
Humility is the surest sign of strength."
- Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation
Self-praising is a sign of spiritual insecurity.