Lets talk about Pride.
Mark tells us a memorable story of Benjamin Franklin this week proving that sometimes the most silly moments can be pillar life lessons. I’m sure we’ve all experienced something like this in our lives. We all know Pride is a destroyer of all things, but what we sometimes forget is how it can manifest:
Usually when I think of Pride, it’s the snide guy in the room wearing a suit and tie carrying a brief case, with a bank account full of money and a honey on his arm. He’s the obnoxious voice that no one will challenge for fear of their jobs and he has an opinion… an opinion that is “always” right. But sometimes Pride is the quiet assistant that comes in to serve coffee in the back of the board meeting, slipping in and out so quickly we barely even notice.
I can honestly say most fights I’ve had with my spouse, family, or friends have been because of a prideful spirit. The need to be right or to always have the last word in an argument. Its a vicious cycle of pointless and hurtful words until we apologize and move on.
Pride can also keep us from taking risks in our careers or decision-making. We’re afraid of going out on a limb because of what may happen. How will it look if we fail? That’s pride stealing Gods destiny from us.
The important thing to take away from this is pride doesn't always look the same, but the results do. Let’s ask God to show us how we can open our eyes to the way Pride is stealing from us. How can we humble ourselves to the path God is calling us to. Like Mark said there are two ways to get humility, you can let God humble you or you can humble yourself, I prefer the latter.
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“Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Phil 2:1 -2
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