The problems with pride

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with the humble is wisdom.” — Proverbs 11:2

“Pride is concerned with who is right, humility is concerned with what is right” — Ezra T. Benson

“It’s impossible,” said pride.
“It’s risky,” said experience.
“It’s pointless,” said reason.
“Give it a try,” whispered the heart.” — Unknown

When I reflect on whatever has held me back, it comes down to some form of pride. I’m often too afraid to let my ego go and embrace the possibility of embarrassment.

One of my favorite workers at Carleton admired her pastor as the pastor said one of the biggest changes in her life came when she stopped caring about her pride and wasn’t phased when something or someone damaged it.

And it makes sense, doesn’t it? Why would we cling to pride when we already know our worthiness is not defined by our own lives but rather, something bigger? Why would we let pride limit our moves when God is limitless?

I feel the most alive and powerful in the moments when I am free of my self-consciousness. When I am childlike and taking in each moment as it comes, with no fear of what it will do to others’ view of me. This feeling is addicting – it is how I felt when walking into Mustard Seed Services at Carleton or when I am with my family and closest friends. But what if we could all feel it when we go to work? Or when someone belittles us? Or when we meet a stranger?

Letting go of pride leaves room for so much more. In the very least, we will have space for wisdom and experiences.

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