What is it about your life, that you are most excited about?
What are you proud of?
What accomplishments are you eager to share?
Boasting—whether it happens in conversation with others or in the solitude of our hearts—is the act of declaring what we think is good. Some examples:
“My kid scored the winning run.”
“My car is awesome.”
“My income is incredible.”
“My wit is quick.”
Isaiah talked about empty boasting:
“We have heard of Moab’s pride —how great is her arrogance!—of her conceit, her pride and her insolence; but her boasts are empty.” (Isaiah 16:6)
Jeremiah talked about the right kind of boasting:
“This is what the Lord says: ‘Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me…’” (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
Empty bragging springs from a heart independent from God. Self-sufficient achievements are expressions of prides, arrogance, and conceit. Boasting in the Lord glorifies him.
“My kid scored the winning run. He had very little success all season and this really boosted his spirits.”
“My car is awesome. It’s really old and it’ll probably break down a lot, but I’m thankful I have one. Now my parents don’t have to drive me around any more.”
“My income is incredible. I never thought I’d make this much, it’s more than I need and feel that God is calling me to support your ministry.”
“My wit is quick. My neighbor was really angry, I had no idea what to say. In that moment, God gave me the right words to say.”
Genuine boasting in the Lord puts the spotlight on him.