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AUDIO: Why You Should Stop Bragging and Start Boasting

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

Isn’t it strange how something like boasting can bring us such a variety of responses. When I hear someone going out of their way to be sure (repeatedly) everyone hears their exploits or acknowledges their contribution, well, sometimes it’s hard not to laugh.

Sometimes it’s an eye-roller. Sometimes it’s even irritating, right? But when I’m the one shining the spotlight on something I’d like to receive a little validation from, it seems completely righteous. Isn’t that interesting?

The Bragging Contest

Then there’s the grandparent in me. Just the other day I found myself in a bragging contest with another grandparent, who was clearly NOT understanding how amazing MY grandkids are. They would hardly let me get in a word edgewise. Can you imagine? Clearly they’ve got a problem.

I suppose everything has the potential to be an idol, right? You know, something we point to when really something else should be seen. An image representing something great but really not the source.

The End Game

I flip the switch and the lights come on. It’s great that the switch works but if there weren’t a powerplant somewhere and I weren’t tied into it properly the switch would kind of be pointless, wouldn’t it? Sure, the result is seen when I flip the switch but … well, you get the picture.

So here we are living out the potential of life, enjoying the mind boggling miracles of our bodies, our minds and our ability to function as relational beings and we think… oh, I hope everybody sees what I just did.

Yes, we celebrate the first steps of a child but at some point it’s going to be pretty disappointing if the only thing we can celebrate, the only thing we can brag about are the soon to be gone capabilities and opportunities we have in life. Because no matter how great they are, if we’re the end game, they’re not that great.

Boasting in Christ

We were designed intentionally to bear fruit. We’re the light switch but we’re not the power source. If you’re tied in to your own little batteries, you can’t light the way for others. And if you want to break out the jumper cables and help others along the way, it’ll come when boasting becomes boosting.

When we’ve got power to spare, we can be the light of the world. But we’ll boast in Christ, the power source, the true vine we’re plugged into that lets us bear fruit beyond our wildest imagination.

When your light shines bright, your influence cannot be ignored. When you’re bearing fruit from the true vine, people will see your works and give glory to your Father in Heaven.

Add your comments to the conversation: 

You want influence? You want power? You want validation? Then, let your boasting become boosting.

How have you been boasting in Christ through your leadership lately? 

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About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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