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How Pride Shuts You Down

February 23rd, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “How Pride Shuts You Down”

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.”

Squid Humility

January 26th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Squid Humility”

There was a time when I would have NEVER told you what I’m about to tell you.

Even now, as I warm up to the subject just a bit, the butterflies have decided to visit my middle regions. Confession time; I don’t like admitting I make mistakes.

But after almost 60 years on this planet, I’m learning to admit that I make mistakes; lots of them. But it still makes me uneasy to say this publicly. I’m a proud man; way too proud.

It’s fairly easy to admit that I made mistakes in a theoretical sense; “hey, we all make mistakes right? Ha Ha.” Next subject, please! But to admit to a particular mistake…to do that, you have to leave the theoretical and enter the world of cold hard reality. And that’s personal, and painful.

Humility is the precursor to gaining wisdom. If you think you know it all, why take the time to learn anything else? If you never make mistakes, there’s no need to learn from them, right? But if you will humble yourself, admit you don’t have it all together, recognize you do need to learn, embrace the reality that you do mistakes, a whole new world of opportunity opens up to you.

Last year, in one of our very infrequent ice/snow storms, I fell. I’m not sure how I fell. I had both feet firmly on the slick ice pack by my car. I had even reached out to the car to establish another touch point. Three points of contact with the ground and my car should have been enough to keep me from falling, but it didn’t. I went down hard and hurt my shoulder. Just thinking about it today makes my shoulder shrug in remembrance. Painful.

I said I didn’t know how I fell, but I guess I really do know. My feet were on a very slick ice pack. The mistake I made? Don’t walk on dangerous ground. Find a way around that “fall just waiting to happen patch” or change the terrain. Find a way.

So when this year’s infrequent ice/snow storm hit us, I changed my routine ever so slightly. I made sure I didn’t step out on slick ice packs. Last year, I was thinking, “I got this…I even have three points of contact!” And then I fell. This year, I’m thinking, “see the danger and avoid it.” And I didn’t fall.

Are you learning from your mistakes? I’m trying to.

Kevin Wax
General Manager, Wax Family Printing, LLC
Founder, Wax Eloquent
Pastor, Blackman Baptist Church
Cell 615-429-7890