Monday, January 18, 2016
Hello, my Friends!!
I’m traveling for the next week and am reposting the following Blog from a year ago. The message is timeless, however, so hopefully it will serve us all well…
Good morning, it’s me again, Margaret!
7:30am—Monday…time to Blog!
So far this morning, I’ve had three butter cookies, a cup of coffee (decaf/mandatory) and several conversations with God about what my BLOG topic for this week should be. By now, you know how much I enjoy blogging every Monday morning. The title is the most fun to come up with and I think I’ve come up with a good one for this week, however, there’s the blogging part which has to support it…oh brother!!
3:45pm—Monday…I’m still here…wishin’, hopin’, thinkin’ and prayin’ for the words to come. I did break for a few more butter cookies and a green energy drink for my challenged brain. OK, I’m just going to start free-wheeling, here goes:
Pride: noun. An inwardly directed emotion that carries two common meanings. With a negative connotation, pride refers to an inflated sense of one’s personal status or accomplishments, often used synonymously with hubris. With a positive connotation, pride refers to a satisfied sense of attachment towards one’s own or another’s choices or actions, and is a product of praise, independent self-reflection, or a fulfilled feeling of belonging. In contrast, pride could also be defined as a disagreement with the truth.
The opposite of pride: humility
Humility is putting others value equal to or greater than your own. – Eternal Optimist
Humility is true self-knowledge, the good with the bad. It is being able to be comfortable with who you actually are and not trying to pretend to be what you are not. It gives you pride when you have earned it by your talents and accomplishments and shame when you fall short. It accepts that you are far from perfect and keeps striving. It is honest. – edfoug
And here are just a few verses from the Bible about Pride…
Proverbs 25:14 “Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts about a gift he does not have.”
Romans 11:29 “For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.”
1 Corinthians 7:7 “I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another.”
“There is a false self-destruct which denies the worth of its own talent. It is not humility—it is petty pride, withholding its simple gifts from the hands of Christ because they are not pretentious. There are men who would endow colleges, they say, if they were millionaires. They would help in the work of Bible study if they were as gifted as Henry Drummond. They would strive to lead their associates into Christian life if they had the gifts of Dwight L. Moody. But they are not ready to give what they have and do what they can and be as it has pleased God to make them, in His service and that is their condemnation.” – Charles Reynolds Brown
“Refusing to accept God’s love because we are unworthy—of course we’re unworthy!—is another golden calf.” – Madeline L’Engle
I remember when I was about twelve years old and walking home after school with my two younger sisters, when we came upon two classmates of mine a short distance in front of us, and to my dismay, they stopped and waited for us to catch up with them. I was ashamed of my house and fearful my friends wouldn’t like me anymore if they knew where I lived. When we got to my yard, I motioned for my sisters to just keep on walking and we all three just walked right on past our house. As I breathed a sigh of relief, we ALL continued up the street, chatting away and as we reached the end of my street, my friends turned left, we turned right, said “see ya at school tomorrow” and that was that. Of course, my sisters and I then had to walk all the way around the whole block to get back to our house, but I didn’t care one little bit; I had kept my shameful secret and that was all that mattered to me. When we got home, my sisters told our loving aunt what I had done. Our loving aunt, in all her wisdom, reached for her Bible, sat us all down at the kitchen table and introduced us to Mr. & Mrs. False Pride. From that moment on, I vowed I would never make friends with them. However, I have made plenty of other bad choices in my life, and that same loving aunt was just full of the Bible and shared many awesome verses with me…
“If God is for us who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31
“I promise that I will bless you with everything I have—bless and bless and bless!” – Hebrews 6:14 (The Message/WBT-The Webster Bible)
God is Great. God is Good.
Sit on your ego and remember to be kind to unkind people—they probably need it the most.