Be humble on purpose

3 Apr

The real issue here is not if pride exists in your heart; it’s where pride exists and how pride is being expressed in your life. Scripture shows us that pride is strongly and dangerously rooted in our lives, far more than most of us care to admit or even think about. C.J. Mahaney

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I just had something happen to me that smacked me right in the face and said, “Jen, you’re not perfect. In fact, you’ve just acted really stupid.” And it reminded me to keep a close eye on my pride, which can so easily sneak up on me and hurt me.

Of course, I know I’m not perfect. But, being human, I have the tendency to be prideful and think that I am perfect. Don’t we all? I don’t think I’m alone in that. (And if I am…well, a pat on the back to you all! :))

And sometimes it happens accidentally. My pride can seemingly come out of nowhere, and I may not even realize it. It can happen in a number of ways, but here’s an example: I’ll make a comment about something I see on TV and, without even thinking, I’ll say something really opinionated that could actually hurt someone else’s feelings, even though the TV doesn’t have feelings and can’t hear me.

How many times, ladies, have you seen someone wearing something you thought was just awful and felt the urge to laugh at them behind their back by whispering, “Oh my gosh, look at her!” to your friend? Guys, how many times have you joked about revoking your friend’s “man card”? The truth is this: regardless of whether or not the person we’re laughing at knows we’re making fun of them, what we are doing is still unkind. And in a way, it shows our pride.

You see, I relate this type of action to pride because it says, “I know better than that person”–which automatically seems to sound a lot like, “I am better than that person.” That’s pride.

And by the way–no, we’re not. We’re not at all better than anyone.

We’re all sinners, and we all fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). He who exalts himself will be made humble (Luke 14:11). And we are actually called to prefer one another above ourselves (Romans 12:10).

It’s hard, but I am challenging myself (and praying HARD) to remember each day to be humble. If I don’t want my pride to sneak up on me on accident, I need to be humble on purpose.

Who’s with me?!

Jen

13 Responses to “Be humble on purpose”

  1. evanlaar1922 April 3, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    something like be careful, because when you think you are standing, you are ready to fall – I get it!

  2. wesleyanvictim April 4, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    Well put. Thank you for your honesty.

  3. wesleyanvictim April 4, 2012 at 12:15 am #

    Reblogged this on wesleyanvictim and commented:
    This Girl has it figured out.

  4. Cassi Clerget April 4, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    I struggle with this as well, especially the whole commenting on what people are wearing thing. It can be so hard to not judge, and you’re right: we need to choose everyday to be humble purposefully. Lovely post 🙂

    • Jennifer Hope April 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

      Oh, it is so hard! Glad I was able to reach you with this. Thank you for reading and commenting! 🙂

  5. Dennis J. Gasper April 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    Jen,
    This is something that affects me all the time, thanks for the reminder. I have to remember to have that humble spirit, so I can continue to to grow and mature.

    I have seen this destructive pride come from celebrities and atheletes, and it is affecting us.
    Where we have this feeling of being better and we don’t have to learn new things… to have a heart that is open.

    The last shall be first and the first shall be last…
    Dennis

    • Jennifer Hope April 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

      You’re right about all of that- it’s so important that we remain teachable. And I think pride is the ultimate opponent of teachability.

      Thanks for reading & commenting!

  6. Tom Raines April 4, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    I am with you! Thanks

  7. encorenow April 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    I’m with you, too. I’ve learned that pride is worse than the things that we think of as sinful and is the root of many sins.

    • Jennifer Hope April 5, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

      So true. Thank you for stopping by and commenting 🙂

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