Who Are You Trying to Impress?
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Proverbs 13:7 (NCV)
7 Some people pretend to be rich but really have nothing.
As Proverbs 13:7 implies, some people are so concerned about their appearance and how their fellow man perceives them that they will spend money they cannot afford to waste to appear as though there is little they cannot afford to buy. This is not only wasteful and foolish, but provides a terrible example to the children and teens exposed to these practices.
Who are you trying to please or impress? God is certainly not impressed by your flashiness or show of wealth (real or not).
Again, who are you trying to please or impress? Your family (parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles/cousins/etc)? If they cannot love you in a situation of little finances, why would you want to associate with them if you did have any level of wealth?
Who are you trying to please or impress? Your friends? Are they really your friends if you cannot be secure in yourself around them?
Are you trying to impress your coworkers or boss? To what end?
If we only spent half the energy we spend trying to impress people on trying to TRULY impress God, imagine what our churches would look like (spiritual strength/unity/boldness)… how the perception of Christianity within our world might differ… If only.