There is something about the human condition that causes us to want to promote ourselves and make ourselves look better than others. That something is called pride. It resides, to some extent, within every human heart.
The bible tells us:
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard others as more important than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3)
However, as clear as that is, there is something in us that wants to prove to others that we are better, or more important than they are. Exaggeration and caricature are often great ways of depicting sin issues and the following video from Brian Regan does a great job of exposing the ugliness of “The Me Monster”:
Do you ever find yourself trying to top someone else’s story? Do you ever notice yourself trying to posture yourself so that you impress others? The Apostle Paul says:
“We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” (2 Corinthians 10:12)
Next time you have the opportunity, find a way to encourage others and build them up, rather than tearing them down to make yourself look better. Follow the way of Jesus!