Not keeping up appearances

July 24th, 2010

The Bible says in Proverbs 12:9, “Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food”.

This verse touches on the idea of keeping up appearances or pretending to be something that we are not. Often as humans we will try to impress others with what we own or how we live, and to keep up our “image” we will live beyond our means.

Proverbs 12:9 tells us that it is better to be humble and live within our means, rather than put on a fake show to big note how successful we are. It is about being content with yourself and your circumstances versus being flashy for the sake of others.

So how do we avoid the urge to keep up appearances? There are a few things we can do…

  1. Pray and ask God to help you to be content with your circumstances and to help you to live within your means.
  2. Give thanks to Him for all of the good things in your life. Tell Him how much you appreciate His blessings.
  3. Ask Him to see yourself through His eyes. Once you do that then the need to impress others with what you have will slowly fall away.

God Bless,