“Old money” versus “New money.” The stereotypes say that “old money” people – that is people who inherit or come from money – don’t go around talking about their money. It’s the “new money” people, or the ones who have recently made their fortune who boast about how much money they have made and can spend.
Personally, I’ve seen it both ways. And can I just say that boasting about how much money you have, how smart you are, how talented your children are (ouch) just isn’t attractive. It’s annoying.
And it’s not just annoying to me. God is annoyed by it, too. “’Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom, or the strong man boast of his strength, or the rich man boast of his riches…’” That’s pretty clear. Don’t boast about yourself or what you have. So what should we boast about?
“’…but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
Again, pretty clear. Don’t go around puffing yourself or what you have or how fabulously talented and smart you children are – boast about God and all the wonderful things He has done in your life. Boast about God when He gives you a financial blessing so that you can help others. Brag on God for blessing your child with a talent that he uses to glorify his Creator. Give God praise when He gives you the answer that solves a problem at work. Find a way to give God all the glory, “’for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord.”
Have a great Wednesday – it’s hump DAAAAYYYYY everybody!