“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” ~ Matthew 23:12
My lesson for today: If humility still stings, you haven’t let go of all of your pride.
I feel this is a lesson that I am not unfamiliar with, yet God still seems to find opportunities to teach it to me.
I did something silly today, which resulted in something breaking in my house (no, I am not humble enough to tell you the stupid thing I did). Before my husband died, I could have simply told him about it and he could have fixed it. However, since he’s gone, I have to ignore the prickly feelings of pride, summon my strength, and ask someone else for help. You’d think that after a year and a half, it would be getting easier. It still stings (a lot), but I think that my response time is faster – I don’t spend as much time arguing with myself about whether or not I need help. It still feels like biting the bullet, though.
Pride is a funny thing – we cling to this worthless myth of self like it’s everything we are. Is it really so important that people see us in a certain light? In the face of eternity, will all the things we do for the sake of our pride be worth it? I doubt it. Yet the lure of exalting ourselves – even just a little – can be a daily stumbling block for many of us. Whenever you are tempted to do so, keep this verse from Matthew in mind – whatever tiny ways we find to raise ourselves up on this earth will be burned away. If we aren’t humble now, we will be later. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather get it over with!