We all know them. The credit taker. The self-promoter. The person who just can’t resist saying “I knew that.”
I know this person because I am this person. It is a weakness I’m hyper aware of and have worked on for years now.
In a way, we’re all in the business of Public Relations as it’s, unfortunately, commonly viewed by most people. We do something spectacular, and we tell people about it. We help someone, and we follow it up with a Facebook post about “how great it felt to help that person.” If we thought it would be well-received, we’d send out press releases to our local newspapers or TV news stations announcing our awesomeness.
In a world of heavy competition and pressure to stand out, we so often default to being loud about our strengths, knowledge and abilities to place ourselves, albeit temporarily, on top. We’re in a team meeting, have a flash of brilliance, keep it to ourselves for whatever reason, and then it happens. Someone else blurts out “my” idea.
In an effort to prove our worth and regain top billing, we say, “I had the same thought.” Or, “I completely agree and actually had that idea, too.”
Logically, our doing this added nothing to the meeting. But emotionally, for a brief second, it made us feel better about number one.
The funny thing is actions like this more often than not just make us look bad because others recognize the self-promoter. We recognize them because we are them.
The Bible says, “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.” Proverbs 27:2
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11
God knew Einstein’s ideas long before he did. God memorized every brush stroke Claude Monet ever took before his own mother even knew him. God saw you give that homeless person a dollar when no one else was around. And he loves you for it.
When we’re at our best, God sees it. When we have brilliant ideas, God knows them.
The next time you feel the urge to self-promote, boast and brag, resist it and take it to the Lord instead.