Boasting

Why is it that some corporations seem to think that it is appropriate to brag about their “charitable giving?”  This self-serving action has always perplexed me and for some reason today, I felt compelled to write about it.

To me, actions speak louder than words. If you have to have a media blitz every time you fund a clean up, build a house, or collect food for the local food bank; then, that tells me you have some serious image problems to overcome.

In the Bible, Jesus warned us about being confident in our own righteousness (Luke 18:9) and He clearly let us know what the outcome will be. (Luke 18:14)

(9) To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: (10) “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. (11) The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. (12) I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ (13) “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ (14) “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Why do you think corporations feel compelled to act in this manner? Do you think that it is appropriate?

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Are You The Problem?

It’s human nature for each of us to point the finger at someone or something else when things go wrong.  Such excuses as “that’s the way it’s always been done here,” or “we don’t want to rock the boat,” or worse “I’m the victim here,” are typical first utterances.

It’s amazing how good we look when we compare ourselves with others. We can easily spot their flaws and smugly assure ourselves that we don’t have that marred trait. How wrong we are!

I’m not immune to falling into this trap of pride. I’m learning to catch myself before an excuse flies out of my mouth as to why something was or wasn’t done, etc.  A recent Bible study reading really enforced to me that we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others and draw conclusions. In 2 Corinthians 10:12-18, Paul is addressing those who weren’t looking at their behavior and criticizing him (Paul) instead.

Word Clous of 2 Cor 10:12-18

The faults I see in others’ lives
Are often true of me;
So help me, Lord, to recognize
My own hypocrisy. –Sper