One-Upmanship

Posted on June 24, 2019 by Erin Culleny in Victory Call

“My Dad is stronger than your Dad.”  Remember when we were kids bragging on our fathers or mothers and perhaps even embellishing the truth more than a little?  I remember trying to convince some kids that my father was a policeman and they should be afraid, very afraid.  My beloved dad was a machinist, but who would be afraid of a machinist?
Have you ever noticed in conversations how subtly we “one-up” each other?  Just start talking about scars, and pretty soon people are rolling up their sleeves and pant legs to show off their scars.  How about conversations about harrowing experiences or difficulties with insurance companies?  Each has a bigger, better story to be told.
Do you know that God actually tells us in His word to “one-up” each other?  Yup.  It was right there in black and white one morning when I was reading the Bible.  Romans 12:10:
Outdo one another…
…in showing honor.
Imagine what our homes would be like, our marriages, our offices, our churches, our schools if we did just this one thing…
If we intentionally, consistently, extravagantly, and earnestly sought to outdo one another in showing honor.
Would you commit to intentionally and genuinely show AT LEAST one person honor today?  Go for it. Outdo each other in showing honor.
Diane

Written By Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and provides ministry support from her home in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at dhunt@americaskeswick.org.

The Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 50, Philippians 2| You can download our 2018 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

Think About This: “When faith is lost, when honor dies, the man is dead.” – John Greenleaf Whittier

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? – Romans 2:4

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.

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