by M. Jolaine Szymkowiak

Boast in the Lord
M. Jolaine Szymkowiak
Galatians 6:14; 1 Corinthians 1:30-31; Jeremiah 9:23-24

Do you boast? The answer to that question is a no-brainer. Of course you do, I do, too. We get excited about what is happening to us: a planned event went extremely well, whether it is a birthday party or a major business affair; your child just made the honor roll, only one in a few of his classmates to do that. We boast that we have lost weight on a specific diet program; the move to a new home and the decorating of that new home; your teen's scholarship to a college, especially an ivy league college; the pay raise you felt was long overdue. I could go on and on. I think you catch my drift by now. We cover our boasting to say "we are just so proud," or, "we are just so happy," or, "we have been so enriched by a certain circumstance."

There is another type of boasting – the negative – that is if it is any more negative than the above as we will find out later. So what is the other type of boasting – complaining: no one aches like we ache either physically or emotionally; no one suffers quite like we do; no one does things quite like we would do them. In complaining, we are taking the authority for our lives upon ourselves, just as we do when we boast about the good stuff in life.

During a particular time in my life, I worked hard in the church not only on various committees and governing bodies of the church, session, vestry, council, but also in the church office as administrator in various denominations. I had all the answers. Yes, in years and experience I could possibly claim that as true having at that time worked for over 40 years, approximately half of that time in the church office. I did run an efficient, effective office. There were certain ways to cut down work to size, ways that others might not know.

Early on, I formed a church secretary fellowship of church secretaries and administrators from various denominations, and was able t ...

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