March 2, 2012

Swallow My Pride

My husband and I have been in a few Bible studies at our new church with married couples of all ages.  During the fall, one woman was talking about something really sweet her son had done and she said she was so proud of him in that moment.  Another mom jumped in and asked her to instead say that she was thankful that he did that.  She said that when we say we are proud of something, it takes away from the fact that God is behind it, and it can start to give us an attitude that we can do things on our own and that we are the cause of good things that happen in our lives. I was interested in this, but I hadn’t really given it too much thought again until recently.  I was reading one of my devotion books, and it says that there are over 100 references to pride in the Bible.

Every proud man is an abomination to the Lord.  I assure you that he will not go unpunished.” 
- Proverbs 16:5

When pride comes, disgrace comes; but with the humble is wisdom.”
- Proverbs 11:2

I looked up the word “pride” on, and here was the first definition: “a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.”

It is clear that God hates pride, and I really do not want to be a person who is caught up in having high opinions of myself because it really is true that all of the things I have been able to accomplish in my life have come from God.  He is the one who gives me motivation and a hard-working mindset, and he is the one who has led me to where I am now.   Every good thing in my life, and any positive qualities I have come from him, and it would be a sin to think otherwise.

I am working on being more conscious in my thoughts and words, giving thanks to God when it is due.  Whenever I start to think that I am proud of myself for doing well on a test in grad school or with anything else, I am trying to instead offer up a prayer of thanks to God for helping me. I am also trying to do the same thing when I am excited about something my husband has done at work instead of saying “I am so proud of you.”

At every Mass the priest says “Let us give thanks to the Lord our God,” and we respond with “It is right and just.”  Not only is it the right thing to do to offer him up our thanks, but it we owe him our gratitude.  I am hoping to let those words sink in at every Mass, so I can remember every day how important it is to give God thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life, and for all of the accomplishments I could not have done with him so that I can become more humble in heart.

Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth.
– 1 Corinthians 3


1 comment:

  1. I've never thought about pride that way. So insightful. I'm definitely going to be more aware of that phrase at Mass now, too. Thanks! :)