They’re the GREATEST things in the world, and you’re “incredibly humbled” to be do them.
Welcome to the “humblebrag.”
A Wall Street Journal article describes it this way
“Whether we like it or not, and especially on social media, we’re all self-promoters, broadcasting even our quasi-achievements to every friend and follower.”
The phrase was coined by Harris Wittels who explained that the “humblebrag” is when someone overtly boasts while covertly side-stepping coming across as bragging by wrapping it up in some type of humility
That’s something Christians can be culprits of just as easily as others.
And why not? Don’t we have the Greatest Message in the world to communicate? And aren’t we all “super excited” at the latest way we’ve found to share it?
- “Hey, check out my YouTube video…”
- “You should click on this link…”
- “Read this post…”
- “Could you retweet this…”
It’s what you say when someone asks how your last service or event was:
- “Oh, it was incredible! You should have been there! God did something awesome! And, well… I was just thankful to be used by Him. I always am.”
- “Well, the pastor was on vacation… and I don’t know if it’s okay to say this, but a few people told me they like my preaching a little better than his. I think a revival may break out soon.”
It’s how you describe the next thing that your name is attached to:
- “Hey, you need to get your friends out to our next outreach thing. I’m going to bring my ‘A-Game’ and expect you to bring your school out to hear it… you know, so God can work through me.”
- “I just wrote this blog post that I think just may change the future of how we do what we do. I’m super humbled to share this with you.”
It’s how you let everyone know your life is going well:
- “Yay! We just became debt-free! It meant living off of croutons and Kool-Aid for six years, but we dropped a few pounds so it’s all good.”
- “I’m soooooo grateful to have such a super-sexy, always-praying-on-the-knees-while-singing-worship-songs-and-writing-new-ones spouse who made me breakfast in bed today while writing out our tithe check.”
Granted, those are a little over the top and exaggerated. I’m guessing you saw yourself or someone else in them, though.
(In fact, it’s a whole lot easier to see this in others… isn’t it?)
It’s worth a gut check:
How often do you look for a reason to talk about God and toss yourself in there?
How often do you look for a reason to talk about yourself and toss God in there?
I’d love to hear your observations or pet peeves on this.
Maybe even share a few creative youth worker “humble brags.”
Oh… and while you’re thinking of some, make sure you check out my new book “Uncommon Wisdom From The Other Side“ that came out this week. It was a labor of love to write it, but I’m “super excited” for how it turned out.
(Ahem… see what I did there? And you’re welcome.)