Walking In Wisdom: What about my Pride?
Pride is often something that prevents us from stepping into our God-given identity, from loving others, and from serving Him. Meg encourages us to grow in humility as we go about our daily lives and walk with God. Enjoy this week's post! N x
Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honour. (Proverbs 29:23)
We live in a competitive and pressurised world. Can you think of a day when you haven’t been encouraged to compare or rate yourself to others? Whether it's school grades or work promotions; dating apps or sports competitions; or the seemingly harmless world of Facebook, breeding jealousy and comparison as we see the best parts of people’s lives displayed as if they were the whole thing.
All this comparing leaves us feeling proud when we think we’re doing well, or crushes us when we think we’ve failed or don’t get the acceptance we crave.
Ultimately, no matter how high the grades, how large the friendship group, how perfect the hair, how fast the runner – it will never satisfy. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that it is by far one of my greatest struggles as a Christian; an area in which I need to keep coming back to the Lord and his word.
With this in mind let’s look at how to grow a humble heart and spirit, that we might ‘act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with [our] God’ (Micah 6:8).
The root of both high self-esteem (pride) and low self-esteem is the same – when we don’t have a right view of who we are in God.
We can all feel both of these at various times. So whatever our mood, successes or failures, let's keep reminding ourselves of these two truths:
1. ‘All our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.’ (Isaiah 64:6)
2. And yet, we have a secure identity as treasured and loved children of God: We are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27) and are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ by a creator whose ‘works are wonderful.’ (Psalm 139:14)
The more you dwell on the second, the more wonderful the first becomes!
Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honour.
Meg is in her fourth and (sadly) final year at Sheffield studying Structural Engineering and Architecture. She loves reading, eating up leftover food and going on adventures. She is often found cycling up one of the Peak District's many hills or frantically trying-to-do too much.