2 Corinthians 10:17-18 NIV
“But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.”
Do you desire to stand before God after your last breath on earth and hear him say “well done good and faithful servant?” Or will you seek to commend yourself and tell him that you have been a good and faithful servant?
My son is four years old. He loves to compete against anyone in a running race or a strength contest. I will race him from the shed to the garage and let him win. He will then precede to boast to the rest of the family about how fast he is, and that he is faster than dad. He also will come downstairs when I am exercising, pick up a barbell about 6″ off the floor, then boast about how he is stronger than dad. It makes me smile because it is so humorous; yet we always remind him that it is not good to boast.
I have found that he finds the most joy when I commend him for something he did when he had no idea that I was watching him. He loves to hear “well done son.”