Thursday, February 07, 2019

Self-praising Is a Sign of Spiritual Insecurity

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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."

Self-praising is a sign of spiritual insecurity.