Proverbs 29:23 – “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”
I think every person who lives and breathes has an issue with pride. It effects us all – from how we look, to what we do, to how we respond to events in our life. Pride is an action word. It requires us to do something that shows that we have it in our life. It might be that we go fishing for a compliment on a new outfit or how much weight we have lost. It might be that we don’t ask for help in doing something because we think we can get it done ourself. It might be that we go out and spend way too much money on the latest gadget because we don’t want someone to have something we don’t.
Pride can take many different forms but it always has the same result – failure. The failure might not be obvious but it is there. It may look like a form of sadness because you just can’t get it done. It may look like disappointment because you had been hoping that someone would notice your something new.
But the interesting thing about pride is when it keeps you from seeing your mistakes. It keeps you from seeing where you could have done things differently. Pride inhibits perspective. None of us are perfect. Life is a journey with its ebbs and flows. But sometimes we need to stop and look back to determine where we could have done things differently so that we can avoid those mistakes in the future. Pride keeps us from doing just that. Pride says, “You did nothing wrong. It always works out. You don’t need to change anything.” You see, pride wants to keep you in the rut of the past. By admitting that there is a better way of doing something, you are admitting failure. Pride hates failure.
You can choose to see things differently. You can choose to change. You can choose to admit that there just might be a better way to do something. It doesn’t always have to be the same way. You don’t always have to accept the way that things are being done. You might step on some toes by bringing this to light but that is between them and God. You just worry about your relationship and let them worry about theirs.
The choice to distance yourself from pride is a difficult one. It makes you humble when you can see things from a different perspective. You realize that you are not perfect. But always remember, you know Someone who is perfect. And He is ready and willing to help you squash your pride and take on a new day.