While my 3 year old daughter dances around like a princess, my two sons crash into one another as they pretend to be superheroes.
We all grow up pretending to be someone. We do our best to mirror the people we look up to. Some people grow out of this “pretending” stage and while others continue to dress up as Batman, Superman, or Princess Leia.
Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food – Proverbs 12:9
The idea of keeping up with the Jones’ has pushed more people into debt than ever. So, what to do?
This proverb tells us that the better road is to stop pretending. Stop trying to impress your neighbors. Stop trying to garner attention with your latest purchase. It’s actually better to live under your means. It’s better to drive the old clunker and yet have enough margin in your budget to outsource multiple tasks.
Be a “Nobody”
This reveals that the “nobody” has his or her finances in order. This person is able to pay someone else to do multiple chores for them. The “nobody” must have some sort of plan (budget) to keep out of debt and continue a lifestyle of “financial freedom.”
It’s interesting to me that this proverb combines a “nobody” with a servant. It also combines a “somebody” with no food. Why is that? Perhaps I am reading too much into this, but I am reminded of Jesus’ words here: “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,” Matthew 20:26.
Do you want to impress others, or do you want to serve others? As servants we are called to steward God’s resources both humbly and responsibly.
- Where do you find yourself pretending?
- What’s most difficult for you in being a “nobody”?
- Which mode do you find yourself in most (impressing others or serving others)?