Is it okay for pastors to brag?
I hope so. So this week I listened to my daughter, Sandra, discuss her strategy for tutoring an elementary aged student. And I was blown away by what I heard.
After only three years of studying elementary education, she had concepts, strategies, knowledge, and experience that I never even knew existed. Never mind that she was using terms I’d never heard before; my daughter is maturing into a talented young woman who possesses the knowledge, skills and passion to make a difference in this world. I get choked up just writing these words. Why? Because every parent longs to see their child grow, mature, and step into the world ready to make a difference while pursuing God’s design for them. So am I bragging? You bet! (I’ll save the bragging on my other daughter for a later blog post.)
Why does this matter? Because as we learned last weekend at Seneca Creek, we have a similar ability to put a smile on the face of our heavenly Father…to give him something to brag about. (If the concept of God as your father, or daddy is uncomfortable or foreign to you, please take 30 minutes to listen to the podcast from last weekend.) Just as a parent gleams when their child takes steps toward maturity, so does God.
So here’s the question to ponder: have you grown in maturity recently? Not simply “have you acquired more knowledge or information?” but “have you begun to incorporate that into your life in a way that makes a difference for you and for the world?”
If your answer is “yes,” would you be willing to share that in the comments section below? It will definitely give God something to brag about. And if your answer is “no,” then why not take steps today to change that? There’s a good chance you know what those steps are already.