Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge,

will give me on that day. (2 Timothy 4:8)

Weekly Words of Wisdom

Proverbs 25:

6 Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of the great; 7 For it is better that he say to you, "Come up here," Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, Whom your eyes have seen.

I am always amazed at people who think they are important enough to sit in a place of high visibility or prestige, even when they have not been invited to sit there.  I am equally impressed by people who know they are important, but do not sit in a place of honor until invited to do so.  This is the difference between arrogance and humility, and being embarrassed and being honored. 

It speaks volumes about you as a person and the humbleness of your character when you know you are somebody, but don’t flaunt it or require people to treat you special.  Think about the people you know who have a lot of money and don’t flaunt it, and those you know that have a lot of money and do flaunt it.  How do you feel about them, and do you treat them differently because of those feelings?  Go ahead and be honest, you may like the flaunter as a person, but you dislike the way they act because of their money.  Or you may be drawn more to the non-flaunter because of their humble personality. 

There is nothing wrong with being proud of your accomplishments and wanting others to know about them.  But I exhort you to follow the example of Jesus.  He was the Son of God, but he came to Earth as a lowly human.  He was King of kings and Lord of lords, yet He served others and never asked for special treatment.  He spoke the universe into existence, but he sacrificed his life so you could have eternal life.  When you compare your human accomplishments to the eternal grandeur of Jesus, you should realize that you really have nothing to brag about.  But more importantly, you should realize the ultimate recognition is to be exalted by God and hear him say, “Well done good and faithful servant.”

God bless you