When life is all about you...instead of having a loving spirit, you become boastful. How sad to think you have to toot your own horn and brag about what you have and show it off. Come on...that is so not what most people enjoy being around...they want genuine people with a heart for others.
You have to learn to discern who to listen to..."Strut your stuff girl!"...is actually NOT good advice! Being a show off is very unattractive. Love does not boast...it doesn't try to put itself above other people.
I have been around people that just can't seem to say enough about themselves. They sing their own praises with a fervor. They have a way of sharing with everyone that will listen how great they are and how they are so happy that they don't have to struggle like other people do. Oh my goodness, it makes me not want to be around them. But since I have learned that "love is kind", I continue to "listen" and smile.
We have to really come to grips with the fact that God loves us and we don't have to try to impress other people with how much we have. When we are boastful...it can turn into being critical of our friends, our husbands/wives and even our children. Speaking of children, they are like sponges, they soak up the examples that adults give them. As a parent, we should be aware that they are watching us to see how we handle situations. If they see us brag to others about what we have, they will tend to do the same thing...they learn by example. This doesn't mean that you can't brag on them...of course you brag on your kids (that comes natural for parents). Children like to know that mom and dad are noticing the good things they do.
Being boastful just pushes people away causing you to eventually become lonely. If you want a full life...make it about others...take care of yourself, but love others. Sow seeds of affirmation into their lives and see how their life changes and your life becomes full and satisfied...always remember...Love Does Not Boast
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