This is a tough one, because it is the one you can never admit. As soon as you acknowledge it, you just stepped out of it. It’s not something we can be proud of. But it is something we can live. It is also tough, because pride actually comes out of our insecurities. I maintain that the most arrogant are the most insecure and the most truly humble are the most secure individuals.
Here is what we really struggle with, confident humility. It just doesn’t seem possible. But that is exactly what true humility is. It is confident. Confident in God and His plan. Confident in the direction God has for ones life and the role in which God has placed you.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Trust only comes from confidence. But, the trust must be in God, not self. When the trust is in self, then humility is gone.
Pride is the first one listed in the things that are detestable to God. (Proverbs 6:16-19)
Arrogant boastful pride never results in good.
Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then come disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before the fall.”
We are all turned off by those who are conceited. The one who constantly brags or inserts themselves to the forefront of every situation is like fingernails on a chalkboard to those around them. We cringe, we roll our eyes, we look at others and smirk, we turn away, because we all know pride when we encounter it and it is bitter and unpleasant.
I read a quote this week on Twitter that was credited to Abraham Lincoln, “Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”
29:23 “A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.”
The attitude with which you live your life is a matter of choice. It starts in the heart and when you choose to live life well, with a good attitude, to live patient, honest, and humble, you will see the work of God in your life.
This is the last of the posts on attitude that I began last week. Tomorrow, I will start a series of posts on expectations.