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What are you proud of?

Pride is not necessarily a bad thing. For example, your parents are probably proud of you. It’s good when people are proud of their heritage, their religion, their family, their culture. But if pride comes before a fall, then “be careful that you don’t fall!” (1 Cor 10:12).

Small children will often to compare themselves to others. When you were in kindergarten, you probably compared your biceps with the kid beside you on the bus; you compared where you were going on family vacations; you compared marks on the last spelling test.

As we get older, we realize that all this boasting isn’t really socially acceptable. So instead of telling everyone where you were going on your next family holiday, maybe you asked your second grade teacher to pray for your family to keep them safe on their way to Disneyland. Instead of flexing your first grade muscles, you chose shirts that show off your chiselled appearance.  Instead of showing off your gold star on the spelling test, you pretended to be surprised about seeing your name on the honour roll. As you get older, we rely on things like brands on clothing and brands on cars to let everyone know about us and what we value. 

The prophet Jeremiah has something to say about this in chapter 9:23-24 of his book: “This is what the Lord says: ‘Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the LORD.”

Boasting isn’t wrong in itself. We just need to make sure that we’re boasting about the right thing. It’s human nature to boast in our own abilities and accomplishments, but Jeremiah tells us to boast in the Lord and what he has done for us.

May the upcoming school year at Credo High increase your understanding to know God and what he has done for you.



Kent Dykstra, Principal

September 2022