7 Deadly Sins: Pride
I am thankful for God and his plentiful blessings. I am thankful to God for He’s The Solution and the people who fellowship with me during our Sunday Bible Studies. I am thankful for a beautiful wife and three healthy and beautiful children. I am thankful for work and the ability to help others achieve their career goals. And I am thankful for my work family and all the effort, time, and passion they put into our business. I am truly grateful for so many things.
That being said, there is a fine line between thankfulness and pride. I know this because I have crossed it several times. It’s easy to feel pride rather than gratitude when you achieve something great—in sports, in a profession, in life. It feels good to pat yourself on the back, claim responsibility, and accept all the compliments and kudos as your own.
This is normal, so isn’t it okay to feel pride in a job well done? The Focus on the Family website illustrates the answer to this question this way:
“When John describes the “world” as “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the sinful pride of life” (1 John 2:16), he’s not thinking of the warm feeling you get when you’ve done a good job at work or helped someone in need. Instead, he’s warning you against the seductive notion that you don’t need God. He’s telling you to beware of the idea that you can get along very well on your own and can in fact become a god in your own right. This is the kind of pride that lies at the root of all human sin.”
Considering this answer, I encourage you to remember this; you always have the choice to respond with pride or with gratitude.
When Gabby Douglas, the Olympic champion, won the Gold Medal in gymnastics, she could have easily looked to her hard work and felt a swell of pride, while attributing all the talent and opportunity on her own self-sufficiency. Instead, she said: “Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. The glory goes up to Him, and the blessings fall down on me.”
Gratitude kills pride, slays self-sufficiency, and crushes entitlement. When we place our discontented egos on the altar of gratitude, we develop contented egos filled with thanksgiving.
So, join with me and choose gratitude over pride and give God thanks for all your blessings.
PRIDE GOES BEFORE DESTRUCTION, A HAUGHTY SPIRIT BEFORE A FALL.