Lemonade and Boasting


Last summer I came across this lemonade stand— an American classic.  Taylor, Zoe, and their sidekick , Zack, were so cute!  I found it heartwarming that they provided free water for dogs, too, as indicated by the cardboard sign attached to the parking meter.  But the thing I found even more uplifting was how they each spoke of the other’s contribution to the venture rather than boasting in themselves.  It reminded me of a Hebrew proverb, “Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.”  (Proverbs 27:2 KJV)

Other proverbs and quotes speak of boasting in oneself as unwise, lacking, and insecure:

Tell me what you brag about, and I’ll tell you what you lack.”  — Spanish proverb

“He who is humble is confident and wise.  He who brags is insecure and lacking.”  —Lisa Edmondson

“Boasting begins where wisdom stops.”  —Japanese proverb

People who boast in themselves are like sour lemonade.  Don’t you appreciate and respect people more when they can, not only speak proudly of their achievements, but also boast or give credit to others who helped them?  That reveals true confidence, humility and wisdom.

About Rene Yoshi

Just a transplanted Okinawan-French Southern girl with a wee bit o' Irish, sharing photography and what I'm learning about spiritual things, including putting off legalism and religious traditions, and embracing God's matchless love, tender mercy, and amazing grace! View all posts by Rene Yoshi

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