I was in a rather large meeting one time and the objective was to discuss the project of a major company initiative. An initiative that would change our industry. Each person had an assigned area that they were working on. There were at least 20 people either in the room or on the phone to discuss this major change.
Then it happened.
Without being provoked.
It went something like this: “I have been working on my part of the project day and night. I talked to several different folks in almost every department within our company. I have sent out email messages after hours to various people to make sure I was getting this all done. I have already achieved my part and more for this project and I am the best person on this team. Blah blah blah…”
Obviously I am overstating what this person said, but it was very close to what I just mentioned.
They were being VERY SURE that they talked themselves up about what they were working on and that everyone knew every aspect of what “they” did and how they were so good at it all.
Have you ever been in a meeting like this?
“A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself. But the heart of fools blurts out folly.” Prov 12:23 (NIV84)
What the Bible is teaching us in this verse (and what every Real Christian Businessman should learn) is that showing off is not what the Lord is about. People that blurt out everything that they have done in order to allow other people to notice them are insecure or feel the need to prove themselves. A prudent person doesn’t have to prove anything! Your work will show to all what you have done, not your mouth. You may not be noticed at first, but later on people will realize what you have done. This is a promise directly from God delivered to us through the Bible.
As we go about our week, let’s keep this in mind. Lets all allow our work to speak for itself!