Boasting vs. Embellishing…. I’m probably a “bit guilty” of these misdemeanors. I KNOW that I have… but I keep them boasting to myself. My simple mind thinks of boasting as more along the lines of misstating the facts; like… having a PhD, when I only have a Masters. I’m probably guiltier of embellishing… than boasting. I have sometimes justified “my embellishing” as a form of JOKING around… or trying to “be funny.” When I do…or when I have… the joke’s usually… on me…which in the long run…is not so funny.
Boasting is bragging about certain facts; like how smart your child is, and telling everybody, everyday… to point of boring those around you. Or, gloating about one’s recent promotion, new car… or a recent achievement…over and over. Maybe bragging about how beautiful your wife and children are.
This is not changing the facts (you can’t make an ugly wife…pretty), rather, it’s bragging about the facts as they are… be it children, money, achievements, or possessions. So…rather it’s boasting, bragging, embellishing, or gloating, the main person being hurt is yourself; and indirectly… your family.
Seriously, it’s not a good thing to do; and as we grow older, and enjoy some measure of success… well then….. It’s probably not remotely necessary, and certainly not appropriate. Worse yet, are those who do both…Boast and embellish… they’re just broadcasting their foolishness.
We are warned in Jeremiah 9:23 – Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches.
While it maybe, on occasion… hard not to brag… a little here, and little there…don’t get carried away…as, someday, it will catch up with you, and I guarantee you… it will be a the least opportune time. Dear Lord…please help me to be “totally truthful,” at all times.