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On Boasting

09 Feb

-1 Corinthians 6-7-

-Now Brothers [sisters], I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.”

Then you will not take pride in one man over against another.

For what makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast about though you did not?-

There are times in my life when, confronted with the uncertainty of planning a future, I rest on what has already been accomplished – only to find that this also is stressful because of what comes with it; that is, what was not accomplished.

The temptation to fill myself with ‘my accomplishments’ then becomes real, and boasting begins as a cushion against failure.

Boasting is complicit with failure and so, both are illusions and lies.

Already you have all you want.

My failure to accept my Attainments leads to arrogance because of the feeling that I must fight to show what I have attained in order to project accomplishment.

Yet.

The kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

And so there is ease and great power in submitting and surrendering all plans so that I can be free in the outcomes, whatever they may be.

Inevitably the outcomes are good because God is the basis of goodness.

And in that light, goodness provides the feeling of attainment as an encouragement, and an enjoyment, and a balm for the main unanswerable questions in any life; why it is born and why it dies.

In this way I find upliftment and pleasure in living my life and trying, to the best of my ability, to help those around me also, to be happy in life.

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