14th day of Lent
But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?”
Two years ago, researchers in England unveiled the results of a study that showed that people who are big self-promoters often turn people off with their boasts.
“The researchers wanted to find out why so many people frequently get the trade-off between self-promotion and modesty wrong.
“They found that self-promoters overestimate how much their self-promotion elicits positive emotions while underestimating how much it elicits negative emotions.” (Dailymail.com, May 13, 2015)
It makes sense. Think about people you know who tell everyone about how great they are, or about how great they do something. How excited are you to hear about how wonderful they are, especially if they tend to tell you about it on a regular basis?
In today’s scripture, Joseph found out the same thing. Young Joseph was a very gifted boy and had an amazing talent for dreaming and interpreting dreams. But was also a little headstrong, and bragged to his family about how great he was in his dreams. In all truthfulness, the dreams were true. But telling your father that he will one day bow down to you is probably not a great recipe for family unity.
Most, or maybe all, of you are probably very good at what you do. But letting your actions speak for themselves is a much better plan than telling everyone about your greatness. Today, pray that the Lord will bless your efforts in what you do, and also that He will give you true humility in letting those actions speak for themselves.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.
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