Have you ever been at a red stop light behind a car with a bumper sticker that says, “My Kid was #1 at Main Street Elementary?” People brag about their children. They brag about their nationality. They bear bumper stickers and clothing about the college they attended, or about their favorite sports team.
Taking it up a notch, there’s family reunion moments. This is when it really is about who’s the smartest of all the kids. The youth outdo each other at sports contests. Kids will make up a sport or push a rock to prove who’s the strongest. And the adults quietly talk about stocks going public, housing values, and retirement accounts. Apparently, people have been doing this for thousands of years.
The Bible says, “Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 9:23-24.
My extended family doesn’t compete with each other about how much about the Lord we know or understand. We may share stories of what God has done in our lives or the lives of others we meet. We may talk about answered prayer requests. We may talk about our churches or a good Christian book we’ve read lately. There’s always more to learn about God.
To continue, see It’s All About the Bragging Rights Part 2