Thursday, December 18, 2014

Who Do You Promote?

"Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips."
Proverbs 27:2 (NKJV)

Some people are very impressed with themselves, you can tell that by the way they talk.  It seems like some people are they own best publicists and they are intent on making a great name for themselves.  But if we are the only one singing our praises, so to speak, then maybe that is a song we should consider not singing.  While we do not seek praise from other people or live by the things other people say about us, we should leave compliments about ourselves to others.  With the things we say and how we act, do we promote ourselves and our agenda or are we promoting others?

It is easy for us to talk about how wonderful we are as a spouse, a friend, or an employer or employee but the question is how others see us.  In this type of situation, what we say about ourselves is not really as important as what others say about us.  If we really are so wonderful then that is something we should be hearing from others and not from ourselves.  Instead of spending time trying to promote and build up ourselves we should be promoting and building up others for the good things that they are doing. 

It is easy to fall into pride and get puffed up with our accomplishments, if we do that then we are focusing too much on ourselves.  We need to be the kind of people who are ready to cheer on, encourage, and promote those around us for what they do.  Certainly no one is perfect and we are all growing and developing but if we are quick to promote and praise others, like our spouse, our children, our friends, our coworkers, our boss, and our pastor, then we will be doing things the right way because we will be promoting and helping others instead of ourselves.

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