A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.
–Proverbs 13:7 The Message
What does it mean to be pretentious?
The Mirriam-Webster Dictionary states that the definition of pretentious is as follows:
“Having or showing the unpleasant quality of people who want to be regarded as more impressive, successful, or important than they really are.”
If we want to be regarded as more impressive than we really are, how much time and energy would it take to hopefully bring that about?
If we want to be regarded as more successful than we really are, how much would we have to work to constantly support that facade?
If we want to be regarded as more important than we really are, how many worthwhile opportunities would be lost while our attention was focused on maintaining the illusion of importance?
After awhile, if we were to look back, a great portion of our time (and our lives) would have been lost to deception.
Our lives might be characterized as empty.
Proverbs 13:7 in The Message reads,
“A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.”
If we live as who we are, and if our identity is in Christ as His follower, we have no need to be known as something that we are not.
We simply seek to be known as who we are–children of God, forgiven and free.
Now, that’s a full life….