Boast in the lord live love and cherish

Today the world seems obsessed with accomplishments. In the past, you could just be…you. You were a wife, a mom, a secretary, a clerk. You didn’t need to accomplish anything great or have 1,000 followers or 100,000 likes to feel good about yourself. You didn’t need to climb the corporate ladder, start a business, “work from home”, or have some sort of job title. You just did what you did and that was it. But today society wants acknowledgment for everything they do and they expect you to do the same.

If any of you have watched my social media, you probably know I don’t put a lot of thought or effort into it. That’s because I hate social media. Truly. I know that’s a harsh word but I really wish social media had never been invented. As soon as I can afford it, I’m hiring someone to run my social media for me because I have absolutely 0 interest in it myself.

I don’t care about getting likes or followers because the recognition of people has never defined me. Why am I on social media? you may ask. Because that’s what is expected of authors/bloggers and pretty much any other business in the world. It’s the only way to advertise and get people to come to your site. But I don’t believe any one of us should ever try to define ourselves or our accomplishments by social media. I could actually write an entire blog post on that but not today.

Today’s verse talks about how we can commend ourselves all day long. We can talk about our achievements, brag about our job title or the letters after our name that we earned by writing papers. We can feel good about our bank account or where we volunteer or how we serve at church. But God doesn’t approve of any of that. God doesn’t care about our bragged accomplishments. God cares when we allow Him to brag on us instead. Remember Job? God was bragging about Job to Satan. Now, I don’t really want God to call me out to Satan’s attention because I have enough trouble with his demons, but that’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? I would love for God to boast about my accomplishments! But the only way that happens is when we are being faithful to God and doing what He has told us to do.

Now, some of what we should or shouldn’t do is found in God’s Word, but it isn’t all in there. You can’t go to the Bible and expect to get every single answer in your life. The Bible won’t tell you which job to take, what person to marry (as long as he/she is Christian), where to move, etc. The Bible mainly tells us how to treat people, what God has done for His people in the past, and what we can expect Him to do for us. It teaches us to know and love God more than we could on our own. And it teaches us how we should live. But it doesn’t tell us what choices to make. That’s why we have to spend time in prayer and in listening for God’s voice every single day so that we know specifically what God wants us to do.

The only thing we should boast about in this life is how good our God is. When He does something amazing in our lives, we need to be bragging about it. Not on the thing itself, but on how wonderful God is. For example, when our financial miracle arrives, I’m not going to brag on my blog or to anyone, not even my family, about how much money God gave us or what we’re going to do with it. I’ll be on here praising God for His faithfulness, telling you guys that because God has been so faithful to us and kept His word, you know He’ll do the same for you. I’ll be boasting of God’s goodness and faithfulness and love and mercy – and none of that is because of me or anything I’ve done, but because of how amazing our God really is!