Proverb for the Day 27:2 — Better Stop Talking!

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.

Similar to 25:27, where it was not honorable to seek one’s own honor, here we are told to not praise ourselves. In fact, this one little verse says it twice! Announcing my own accomplishments is just not appropriate.

Admittedly, it’s a wonderful thing to be involved in something special or to meet some important people. It is also a great feeling to be used by God in producing something meaningful. But when we focus on ourselves in telling the story, it is does not go over well.

I acknowledge I struggle with this as much as anyone. I’ve been very blessed to have done some pretty cool stuff and I can get pretty excited talking about it. Unfortunately, I also do way too much name dropping and, as a result, I always seem to get around to talking way too much about me!

So, it is generally neither appropriate nor well-received when we want to tell everybody what we did – even when we understand God did it through us. If it is really worth praising, somebody else will get around to saying so!