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“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!