15Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
We all know people who are full of stories about their great achievements in the past and/or who brag about what they will do in future. As confident and successful they may appear underneath all the veneer is a deep anxiety. To hide their anxiety they often become experts in keeping up appearances and may therefore appear stable and strong. At the root of all this is not the desire to be mean or deceitful but it is insecurity and fear of being rejected. They have come to believe deep down that if they are simply themselves they won't be loved. This often is the sad result of past rejection, abandonment experiences and being devalued or ignored by significant others in their lives. Even among Christians we find such people and some even use ministry or spiritual experiences to boast their fragile self-esteem. However the truth remains that to brag about past achievements or to boast about what you are going to do in the future does not make you any better in the present. Its better to be just be real today, accept who you are in Christ and do what is right whenever you have the opportunity.