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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