“Don’t be a sore loser.”
It’s a way of saying you shouldn’t sulk around when you lose. Don’t be so sore about your loss that you draw attention to yourself and dampen the victory and accomplishment of somebody else.
But today I’d like to alter that phrase a bit: Don’t be a sore WINNER.
A sore winner is someone who rubs their victories, good fortune and positive experiences in everyone else’s face. Sure, it’s good to be proud about some things and to share some of your successes with people you care about; but when you do it frequently and loudly—as if to remind other people that they’re not as good as you—it doesn’t do anyone any favours.
-Think about your life online. Are you always subtly bragging about how awesome you are?
-Think about your conversations with your friends. Are you always subtly praising how good you are at such-and-such?
-Think about how you talk to people about your kids (if they’re doing well), or your marks (if they’re high), or your salary (if it’s large). Are you always subtly dangling your happiness in front of everyone to, dare I say it, make them jealous?
Let me reiterate: I’m not saying you should never celebrate good things. The difference is that a sore winner frequently steps over a line to smoothly knock other people down a peg. And the last time I checked, it’s neither humble nor loving to look down your nose at a fellow child of God.
Proverbs 27:2 says, “Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth…”
Don’t be a sore winner. Life is tough enough for people. So let’s spend our time travelling with each other—not trampling each other—on the road of life.
By Matthew Ruttan
ANNOUNCEMENT – This week I’ve been telling you that this devotional is being published as a book this fall! It will be called “Up! – 313 devotionals to help you start your day in a biblical, relevant way.” 100% of the proceeds will be given to Fight4Freedom, a local organization getting its hands dirty in the fight against human trafficking in the sex trade. Specific details and date about the release are coming soon.
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