Saturday, July 13, 2013

It's a Pride Thing

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Philippians 2:3-4

A few years ago, I graduated high school and began looking for the right college for me. When I considered a college, many factors played into whether I would go there or not- the location, the mascot, the degrees offered, and even the atmosphere of the campus. After careful consideration, I finally decided on the University of North Alabama. Why? What sold me (besides the awesome live lion mascots that live on campus) was the fact that these students were so happy and proud to go to this school. In fact, the main theme on most of the shirts and college memorabilia was “Pride.” Obviously, this was because of the lion mascots (a pride of lions), but it got me thinking- How people view pride and how the Bible sees it are totally different.

Pride is the assumption that “I” am the most important person in the world- the self is the focus of pride. “What can I do for myself” and “I am so much better than them.”- these are the words of the prideful. The Bible is pretty clear on how God views pride, though- it is a sin. So why do we struggle with it so?

In a world dominated by the “me” generation, it’s so easy to just accept that we’re all prideful and forget that it is a problem. I think our biggest obstacle is that we do not realize what all we do that is actually prideful. Take impatience, for example. I can remember sitting in a traffic jam on my way to school once and all I could think was “This is ridiculous! I am going to be late and I have never been late. This is so unfair for me to have to wait!” So apparently, I am MUCH too important to have to wait in traffic like everyone else. See the problem with this view yet? Maybe there are times when you’re having a bad day at work or with family and you think, “What did I do to deserve this?” See a recurring theme yet? The sole focus of all of these complaints lies in one word- “I”.

Pride is not uncommon; it comes in many different types and forms but one thing is certain- we all struggle with it. It is in our very nature to want to take care of ourselves. But God says that we should strive to be humble and that in doing so, He will reward us for it. James 4:10 says “Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you.” The prideful and those who brag, they have their reward already. But if we are humble, then the Lord will give us a greater reward than we could ever receive here on earth.

Please feel free to comment below. Have a blessed day!
Nealey Sims