I was a jump-rope champion in 7th grade gym. I won a water-safety poetry contest that same year.(1) My boss in high school gave me a plaque saying I was one of his best waitresses.
Pretty paltry awards, aren't they?
I don't have much to boast about in worldly terms. I'm not good at sports, and my homemaking career was satisfying but not award-winning.
Maybe that's why Jeremiah 9:23-24 is one of my favorite passages. It offers anyone a chance to boast about the best of the best:
"Thus says the LORD, 'Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,' declares the LORD."(2)
May this be my boast and yours.
(1) Want to hear my award-winning 7th grade water-safety poem? : )
While swimming in your favorite pools,
Be sure to follow safety rules.
And if you follow every one,
You're swimming will be extra fun.
(2) Paul quotes this passage in 2 Corinthians 10:17.