The problem with bragging is that as you brag about something at one event or more, you need to be prepared to brag about something else at the next few events, and that continues until you have made a complete fool of yourself.
There also seems to be a lifestyle that goes along with showing off – so there needs to be a lavish lifestyle that also needs to grow in order to maintain the increasing demand to show off more than what the next person can do.
Add to this the change in attitude that overtakes you. You start believing in your own malarkey and start thinking that you are actually a somebody because of what you have done or what you own. In fact, God might be at this point, a non-factor.
Once God is a non-factor, than the boundaries that have kept you safe and sane start disappearing. Drinking, smoking, drugs etc. can become your next best friends along with a new set of sexual partners.
The journey started with one step, then another, then another. There are signs along the way, but you choose to make them insignificant.
What does it take for God to get your attention?
How much does He care to arrest you and bring you back into the reality of the direction you have taken?
I have heard Him do such things – they are amazing testimonies. I have also heard of those who continue to reject Him even though He has His loving arms around them and they die in their misery.
Am I going to far with such a simple issue of showing off?
Probably. I get pretty intense fairly quickly. I find in life that I need to have boundaries and that disciplining myself in the areas of my weakness helps keep me on the narrow path. Bragging is something I really enjoy – impressing others give me a certain high. So I am very careful to give others praise and always try to find a way to bring God into the picture. I know, deep in my heart, that I am a nobody. But filled with the Spirit of God, saved by grace, I am a child of the King of Kings, joint heir with Christ, and will reign with Him.
If I am to reign, I need to act like one with responsibilities and maturity in my task on hand. That means that showing off is not the direction I am to take if I want to grow my leadership skills.