January 16

Written by Bill Grandi on January 16th, 2024

“I’m proud of my humility.”

“I’m humble and proud of it.”

“I can’t wait until tomorrow.” “Why?” “Because I get better looking every day.” (attributed to Joe Namath from many moons ago)

Those are just three of the statements we make about pride. We are, of course, saying them jokingly. Well…at least I think we are. 🙂

Let’s be honest with ourselves for a moment (if our pride will allow us). Pride is an issue most, if not all of us, struggle with in some way. There are those who are blatantly arrogant. They turn us off immediately. It’s sort of like “Do I strangle them now or later?” It’s all we can do to even be around them. If we are the arrogant one our eyes are closed to the way we turn people off. “It’s their fault,” we say. “I’m good at what I do so they are jealous.” No, they are sick of your arrogance.

There are also those who have a false humility. They shrug while refusing help when it is offered. Or there feign humility (but really want to hear more).

What brought me to this topic this morning? Reading Proverbs 16 this morning. “The Lord detest the proud; they will surely be punished.” (v.5) “Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness (arrogance) before a fall.” (v.18) “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.” (v.23)  {All Scripture from the New Living Translation}

To counteract the ugliness of pride, there are some verses on humility also. But you can read the chapter and find them on your own. 🙂

That is not saying all pride is bad. Some is good. Doing a good job. Working hard. Playing your best. But even then we must be careful pride does not enter the picture by taking even that good pride too far. A phrase from my generation is still true: “Don’t let it go to your head.”

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For you who like to live on the “wild” side, Christian rockers, Stryper, did a song called Pride back in 2015. You can find it here (if you dare). 🙂 

 

4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Pride is so insidious, sometimes it can sneak up on us before we even know it has happened. Let us be on our guard and stay humble before God. And I do remember Joe Namath saying that, Bill!
    Blessings!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      You have stated one of the problems with pride Martha. It sneaks up on us. Thanks for reminding me of that. And thanks for helping with the walk down memory lane. I guess I wasn’t lost. 🙂

  2. gail says:

    Pride comes in all shapes and sizes, and it shows up in various ways and disguise itself well, as it fits itself into the conversation or views. It can be inserted into every aspect of our lives. Little doses can go unnoticed until they have developed into a full display of arrogance. Father, help us to look at each day, to assess our behavior, to be on guard for any form of pride. May we always remember that everything we have comes from You Father, and if we are to boast, let it be in Your name alone, and what You have done for us.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      You expressed what I was trying to say even better than I did Gail. it does disguise itself and can be inserted in such little doses it goes unnoticed. And I pray your prayer with you

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