Pride

Proper dignity and self-value; self-respect

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. Thomas Merton.

Temper gets you into trouble. Pride keeps you there. Author Unknown

Too many people spend money they earned..to buy things they don’t want..to impress people that they don’t like. Will Rogers

  The concept of pride is that: too much of it is a bad thing and not having enough of it is equally a bad thing. There needs to be a sense of balance. We need to have enough pride in ourselves, along with self-esteem, self-confidence and other base line desirable qualities that we are a fully functioning, healthy, and viable individual.

    At the same time we do not need to have so much pride in ourselves that we feel superior with our wants and desires being much more important than those of others.  This means we should not be so prideful that we are conceited, arrogant, or boastful. There is definitely a line between too much and not having enough pride.   

    We should have definite goals and aspirations that inspire and encourage us. As we achieve and accomplish, we should have a sense of pride in what we have done. It should be a quiet, inner sense of pride. We should never gloat or brag or be conceited. These things cross the line to having too much pride. There should be a sense of humility, thankfulness and gratitude that goes along with the pride that comes from our achievements.

    Life has a tendency to knock us down when we become too big, prideful or conceited. We can lose friends and be ostracized from our social groups if we become too prideful, puffed up, or big headed. We do not like being around those who are “too big” on themselves. We should remember never to brag on ourselves. This needs to be left to others. They should praise us, not ourselves. It is a strong taboo not to do this for ourselves.

   The “good” concept of pride should be internalized. We should prefer being viewed by our friends as being humble rather than prideful. We know those who are conceited and have excessively high opinions of themselves. We do not really enjoy being around them. More times than not these individuals appear strong on the outside but are rather weak and vulnerable on the inside. They feel a need to make a “strong” showing on the outside in order to be accepted and respected. They miss the mark.

    We need to have self-assurance and self-confidence while at the same time being humble and gracious, while never boasting or being arrogant. The bigger we are the farther we have to fall.

Challenge  Today, is a good day to do a self-assessment of the visibility of “pride” in your life. Ask one or more close friends and one of more loved ones if you have a problem with being prideful. They know you and if they will be honest with you; you will get some very valuable insight. Depending upon what you learn, take the appropriate actions. Learn to control and minimize self-pride in your life. Have a proper balance.

Wisdom:  All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride. Sophocles

Spiritual: (NIV)

Let praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips. Proverbs 27:2

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

Pride leads to destruction; humility leads to honor.  Proverbs 18:12

PrayerHelp me to rejoice in this day and to use it wisely and in ways that are pleasing to you.

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