Jer 9:23-24 – The Shiny medal

“Do you want to see my medal?” I say, reaching for the shiny new medal even before they reply. I brandish it with pride explaining how difficult it was to earn. It’s not long before there is another opportunity to show off my medal, and another, and another…but something begins to happen. The more I take out the medal, the more it loses its shine. While having pride in our achievements is OK, we can easily fall victim to one of humanity’s greatest weaknesses – a proud heart. And just like with the medal, the more we try and show off our shine, the less we shine before God. “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,” (Jeremiah 9:23). Rather, channel your pride and your boasting in the right direction. “But let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 9:24). Now that is something worth showing off to everyone you meet. Open Bible –