Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

It’s not entirely clear where this idiom originated, though some it started in Irish pubs where gambling was common.  A person might boast that they could do something and another person would challenge them to bet on it.  The theory being that if they were unwilling to gamble money on what they were talking about, they were just talk and basically full of it.

Today, it basically means that you need to back up what you’re saying with your actions.  So, what might that look like?  For example, you could say something along the lines of “Have you noticed the trash that seems to collect on that corner? I think someone should do something about it.”  The person you’re telling it to suggest that YOU could go out and pick it up, or organize your neighborhood to have a clean up day in order to ‘put you money where your mouth is’.

One definition I found was

to support something that you believe in, especially by giving money If people are really interested in helping the homeless they should put their money where their mouth is.

We also use the expression “Talk is cheap.”  The other day I saw a bumper sticker that read “Tithe if you love Jesus, anyone can honk.”  Meaning it’s very easy to complain about the state of things, and a lot harder or more expensive to actually do anything to change the situation.  It’s easy to say we want to support the advancement of God’s kingdom on the earth, but another to write the check or go online and give.

So, let’s evaluate our lives, and decide if we’re a honker or a tither, a mouther or a mover, a complainer or a changer.

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The Way Up Is Down

Posted in Attitude, Boasting, Humility, Victorious Living by PCraig on October 11, 2012

Have you ever been humbled by God?  I have and I can tell you this, it’s not fun.  God actually gives us a choice.  We can choose to humble ourselves, or he will do it for us.  It shouldn’t take long to decide on that one.  I think I’ll humble myself, thank you very much.

Do you know what’s involved in humility?  Are you willing to resist taking credit and pass it along to others instead?  Have you learned to say “I’m sorry”?  Or do those words stick to the roof of your mouth like a thick peanut butter sandwich?

Knowing how to humble yourself is a key to experiencing God showing up strong in your life.  God actually opposes the proud, but give grace to the humble (James 4:6).  Don’t skip over this.  When you are at war with your pride, remember who you are opposing.

Are you willing to humble yourself so that God can flow in your life?  Examine yourself for a proud spirit that endeavors to call the shots and take the credit.  Humble yourself before God has to help you with that.

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Hold the Bragging

Posted in Boasting, One Year Bible by PCraig on September 8, 2010

Something that has always bugged me is people who brag on themselves.  It must have bothered Jesus as well, because He told people to take a lowly position instead of seeking a high one.  In one story He said to sit at the back of a table rather than toward the head, that way you won’t be embarrassed when you’re asked to move down a notch. 

In 2 Corinthians 10:17 Paul says to “boast in the Lord” rather than boasting in ourselves.  After all, what are you really without the Lord?  He goes on to say that commending ourselves is not what counts, it is when the Lord commends us that matters. 

So, don’t worry about bragging about what you have, can do or have done, instead wait for someone else to notice.  Just wait and be patient.  If it’s worth bragging about, someone will do it for you.  If not, then it would be better to keep your mouth shut anyway.  No one really likes a bragger.  Instead of taking time to brag about past triumphs, why not go out and make a difference right now?  It will just give the Lord more to brag about one day when you stand before Him and it really counts.

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