Joy stealer, misery maker, liar, cheater are all words that describe what pride can do to us. The truth is we all struggle with it. Sometimes we don’t recognize it in our own lives but we can spot it right away in someone else’s life!
How would you define someone who is prideful? Boastful, arrogant, puffed up, stuck up, ____________
The answer to the problem with pride is the letter found right in the middle of the word. What is it? “I”! Pride really is all about me. I think more highly of myself than I ought or I have a low self-esteem. Doesn’t matter which end of the spectrum I fall and I’ve been on all sides, it’s all about me. Did you notice how many times I used the letter “I”?
Scripture speaks to the issue in 1 Peter 5:5-6, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” The solution for pride is humility. What is humility? Thinking of God more than I think of myself. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand that he may lift you up in due time.”
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He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
~Micah 6:8 NIV
Walk humbly. Over a year ago, I ask God to unpack humility for me. He requires it and I want to get it. He goes right to work.
It happens fast.
He says, “Go” and I do. A crazy love for Haiti wrecks me and it leaves me with no words to describe it. I just know I have to go back again and again and again.
He reorders my professional life. He gifts me with a whole new world and a learning curve steeper than I’ve ever climbed.
He adjusts the timeline in my heart and keeps my kids in Korea an extra-unplanned year.
He gathers the whole family under one roof. He causes the balance to radically shift and with it the size of our hearts. A newborn baby changes everything.
He opens a door we didn’t know existed. He invites my husband and me to enter into a possibility we never imagined for our lives. We say, “Yes.”
You can’t grasp humility until you’ve been humbled. The push and pull between resistance and surrender are ever present.
Choices wait to be made in every moment. Each decision either brings you one step closer in your walk with God or sends you down a road filled with painful obstacles and messy detours.
There are two things I know to be true: