About 20 years ago my brother Dave got hired to be the General Contractor for an unfinished mansion. The purchase price was $350,000. It had a eight-car garage, indoor pool, indoor jacuzzi… You get the idea!
They spared no expense in finishing the house just they way they wanted. They even flew a guy in from several states away to custom cut solid walnut panels for the den.
Dave spent a year-and-a-half overseeing this project and got to know the folks fairly well. Like many who have significant wealth, they cherished their possessions with great pride.
Dave is better at relating to people than anyone I know and can easily put people at ease. He also has a wry sense of humor and can get away with saying things that others couldn’t.
When the project was finishing up the wife commented that they would need to change the security code on the gate because all of the sub-contractors had the current code.
With a sly grin Dave said, “I’ll change it. You don’t have anything I want.”
The gal gave him a playful slap on the arm but what she didn’t realize is that Dave was not only being humorous but truthful.
Even those with modest possessions can become prideful. People boast about things like wealth, education, physical strength, prestige in their career, power and influence, the good done for others, people they know…
People even boast about not boasting like other people boast!
And let’s be honest. Even those of us who have claimed Jesus as Lord still get caught up in it at times. But there is only one thing we should want to boast about – our intimacy with the Lord.
This is what the LORD says:“Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken! ~ Jeremiah 9:23-24
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