"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

11/21/11

I'm Not One To Brag...





Living by Grace
Welcome to the combined Monday Manna with Living By Grace (click here for this new Facebook community). The purpose of Monday Manna to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word. Each Thursday, a Bible verse to ponder will be posted, either here or at my dear friend Vonnie's blog, My Back Door. The following Monday, those participating will post their thoughts on the verse at their own blogs and link up at the bottom of the post in the Mr. Linky  gadget. The main purpose is to chew on the same Scripture and learn from one another.

AND now, we'll also be discussing the devotional - and thoughts about it - at Living By Grace.

I'm hosting today - and here's the verse:
But let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 9:24
 Looking forward to your thoughts. Mine are below.

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I'm going to be honest here. I love getting credit for hard work I've done. It makes me smile when I get a "thank you" for something I've accomplished and, I'm ashamed to say, I sometimes get grumpy when my efforts go unnoticed.

I wouldn't exactly call myself a braggart, but I certainly don't complain when others give me kudos. And maybe that's natural. Who really wants to be ignored when they have a great accomplishment?

But, of course, I don't really do anything, do I? It is only through Christ that I can accomplish good things. So boasting is ridiculous, unless we are boasting about He who allows us to accomplish.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
And He is certainly someone to boast about, is He not? Just look at the qualities mentioned in this Monday's verse. He exercises kindness, justice and righteousness. This world is His, and every good thing is from Him.

So I have nothing to boast about - unless I'm bragging about my God. And that's someOne to brag about!

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Thanks for reading. Be sure to link up below with your own thoughts - and stop over at Living By Grace to join the discussion!




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8 comments:

  1. I think we all need encouragement at times and that's great as long as we don't let it blow our heads up to the size of a blimp! lol

    Hey, your blog look has changed! I like it!

    And I like bragging on Jesus! He's awesome. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. I think we all can appreciate a nice pat on the back from time to time.

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  3. It's a constant struggle, isn't it Joanne? The inner natural craving for recognition while the spirit points our eyes heavenward to acknowledge the One that truly deserves the honor and praise. And of course we all appreciate that pat on the back and word of praise—but I must constantly remind myself to direct that sentiment up toward heaven from "whence cometh my help." Thanks for a great post.

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  4. At the risk of it becoming a kind of thoughtless phrase, it's not a bad idea to add a "Thank you, and to God be the glory." when we are complimented on something we do.

    Great reminder, Joanne.

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  5. It IS funny that we like to take credit for a gift/ability that the Lord gave us, isn't it? Just goes to show how our human nature is extremely self-focused! Love Jeremiah 9:24 and the way it re-focuses us on the Lord - the only One to glory in! Thanks for sharing this truth, Joanne!

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  6. It's a life-long lesson to learn to do things without expecting praise or reward.

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  7. This is something I need to watch. Sometimes I let my words fly, and realize after the fact, "Oops! That sounded prideful." In fact, just two Saturdays ago I had to redo a blog post, as God convicted me through Scripture it sounded prideful. One word change made all the difference. Thanks for the reminder today to keep our boasting centered on God and what He's done. Because really, we're nothing more than dust. :-) And without Him, filthy dust at that!

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  8. I tend to avoid bragging--even about my heavenly Father--which maybe I shouldn'. I will have to let my heart ponder all of this. Thanks, Jo.

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