Praise Another, Not Yourself

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips. — Proverbs 27:2

Sometimes when we women feel insecure, we try to make ourselves look good in a group. We may do this by spending too much money on name-brand clothing either to fit in or stand out as something special. We may attempt to lift ourselves up by boasting. We may drop names of important people into the conversation as if our association with them makes us better than others. We may tell of accomplishments at work or even make mention of our good deeds in the community.

The Bible instructs us to find our worth in the knowledge that we are daughters of the King. We do not need to lift ourselves up by speaking highly of our works. In fact, in Proverbs, we are told not to praise ourselves with our own mouths.

Instead, find an opportunity to praise another person today. If there is a particular character trait that stands out to you in his or her life, acknowledge it verbally. You will find that in lifting others up, your heart is much more at peace than when you seek to elevate yourself.

Let's pray:

God, show me someone today that I may honor. Remind me that I should not seek to bring attention to myself for my good deeds but should do them for Your glory alone. Amen.