There are indeed, Shannon. While I may not be a Christian per se, and I am not exhaustively familiar with the Bible, I have a ribbon on the Sermon on the Mount in my copy. In that few pages, it makes exceedingly clear how the Lord feels about braggarts and those who worship several gods. To my mind, although that piece specifically identifies money, the way I read it is that anything that we glorify over our Maker (whichever Maker we may choose to worship), that becomes our false god. That could be money, fame, alcohol…and indeed, ourselves. Whatever distracts us from the lifelong, hard, and immensely important work of work on ourselves.

Staying on the sports analogy, Sports Illustrated has a long history of putting very talented athletes on its cover. The running joke is that all too often, that very athlete experiences a rather magnificent toppling off the mountain. Methinks it might have something to do with reading and believing your own press releases. Humility is a fine thing. A very fine thing. Thanks kindly for your comments.

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