Leave Your Pride At the Door
I realize how kind God has been to me, and so I tell each of you not to think you are better than you really are. Use good sense and measure yourself by the amount of faith that God has given you. – Romans 12:3 (CEV)
Nothing stunts your growth like pride. Think of all the celebrities, sports stars and politicians who have let pride get the better of them. It doesn’t take long to recall a news story of some famous person caught in a scandal, whose pride lead them to destruction.
Often, in pride people think of themselves above the rules—dismissing them, ignoring them or side-stepping them. Then when they get caught they cry out, “unfair!”
Rules have reasons. Look at it this way: a good parent keeps their child from touching a hot stove, or from running out into traffic, makes sure they wear their seat belt and brushes their teeth every night. A good parent creates rules and guidelines to keep their child safe. The child may not like it and may insist on doing things their own way, but in the end a parent must insist on the rule because to do otherwise it would lead to ruin.
As your Heavenly Father, I have a lot I want to teach you. I want to help you to grow and mature into a great person. But so many time your pride gets in the way. It keeps you from learning the lessons I have for you. It keeps you from following the rules meant to protect you. It keeps you at arm’s length from me.
I want to be close to you. I want to give you my blessings. Leave your pride at the door, and come walk with me for a while.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth:
2 — A good prayer: Heavenly Father, I know I have let pride get in my way. I know that I have dismissed or ignored or side-stepped your rules in my pride. I know I have let my pride lead me into some bad situations. Father, please forgive me for this. Forgive me and help renew my heart and mind. Help my heart to be full of kindness and help me to be mindful of humility. Amen.
3 — How would you define humility? Who is someone you think of as being humble? Contrast that with someone who is prideful. Who would you rather be? Why? If you are struggling with pride, talk about this with a Christian friend or pastor.