A good friend of mine often says (publicly) that he struggles with pride. I’ve heard him say it enough that I can almost finish his sentence once he starts it.
Every time he says it, I check myself… “do I struggle with pride?”
If my answer is “yes,” the follow up question to myself is “what in the world do you have to be proud of?” Don’t you know that every good gift and every perfect gift comes down from above, from the Father of Lights, in whom there is no shadow of turning? (My rough interpretation of James 1:17).
If my answer is “no,” this follow up warning pops into my heart/mind; BLINDSPOT! To whom much is given, much is required; and I know I’ve been given a lot. Hey, I’ve got 13 grandkids and there’s one on the way…yes, I’ve been given a lot of blessing!
Pride; so dangerous.
Why? Because if you “know” the answer, you stop seeking for the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Pride shuts you down when you think you already know something.
In Sunday School last week, our teacher and my friend Rodney Edwards quoted Howard Baker, Jr. Mr. Baker said that he would often remind himself when he sat down to negotiate that “the other guy may be right.” That’s some wisdom there; that’s some humility too.
If you’re convinced you’re right and the other guy’s wrong, why are you sitting down to negotiate? Sounds to me like you might be sitting down to argue.If you’re convinced you’re right and the other guy’s wrong, why are you sitting down to negotiate? Sounds to me like you might be sitting down to argue. Click To Tweet
My birthday just recently passed, 1/26. For all my life, I have wanted to be right. I pride myself on being right. For 59 years I could have learned so much more along the way if I hadn’t been so sure I was right so much of the time. With humility, I commit myself to constantly remind myself that the other guy may be right.
I don’t want pride to rob me of all that wisdom coming from “the other side.”