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
We're not told we can't be smart, witty and great-looking. This of course, is good news for me. We can be wise, we can be powerful and we can even be rich. And as I read Jeremiah here, we're even told we're allowed to boast.
We can boast, just not about ourselves.
Can you imagine if we took this to heart? We could be the ultimate one-up guy. You know, of course, about the one-up guy, right? He's the guy that hears about your achievements and then shares his better achievements.
You: My kid made honor roll.
1-up guy: My kid helped his dog make honor roll!
But the one-up guy would be unstoppable if he applied these scriptures.
You: I saw Rick Nier today. That was pretty cool.
1-up guy: I know God. Epic win!
Actually, he'd be unstoppable, still annoying, but we'd all be better off boasting about God.