Let another praise you, and not your own mouth—
a stranger, and not your own lips.
Years ago I had a friend who had actually done some amazing things in her life. The problem is, the more she told everyone around her, constantly, of all the amazing things she had done, the less amazing person she became. I guess it is better to be praised by others than to praise yourself.
That probably falls under the biblical concept of humility.
If we do things in life so that others will praise us, we might not be doing things for the right reasons.
If we need others to compliment us on what we have done, so much so that we tell them all about it, their praise might not ring so true.
One of the wonderful things in life is the sound of unsolicited praise. That praise will be “their words, not mine.”
Dear God, as I do what You ask me to do in the world, let the satisfaction of doing a job well be reward enough. And also help me keep my ears open for the occasional gift of praise. Amen.