Dealing With Pride!

Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Proverbs 16:18

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

It is not necessary for us to deal with our own pride. God allows situations into our lives that make us realize we have nothing to be proud about. There are many embarrassing moments in my life. One that stands out in my memory happened years ago when I was teaching a class of young professionals. The class seemed to be very interested in everything I was saying, that is until I noticed that they all were looking down at my feet.

Finally one of the young women raised her hand and asked if there was a reason I was wearing one black shoe and one brown shoe?  I dreaded looking down, knowing that in my haste earlier that morning I had made a blunder. The class exploded in laughter at my expense. After recovering from my initial embarrassment, I sheepishly told them, “As strange as it may seem, I have another pair at home just like this pair!”

One of the things I have learned from these “red-faced” situations is that pride needs to be dealt a blow.  It is hard to act proud and aloof when you have on one brown shoe and one black shoe.

I earnestly pray that the Lord will continue to bring the “shoes” into my life any time I start to think more of myself than I ought. NOT ME—BUT CHRIST ONLY!

Blessings dear hearts.  May God richly bless you as you bless others by your words and actions! 

– – – Pastor Cecil

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