(EDITOR’S NOTE: This post originally appeared on Brian Elder’s blog, Caution—Under Construction, on September 9, 2011)
It’s quite common and natural to feel a sense of pride and satisfaction when we or those we hold dear have done well. The problem is that we often let pride become an idol in our lives. A heart full of pride leads to anger, anxiety, unforgiveness, broken relationships, lack of satisfaction, jealousy, envy, financial loss, an unwillingness to change, etc.
I have to admit that this is an area in which I have struggled lately. My son is a senior in high school and is blessed with the ability to play the game of soccer at a very high level. He is being recruited by several schools to play soccer for them. Yes, I am proud of him. I want the very best for him. What parent wouldn’t?
Unfortunately, I have allowed pride to “blind” me. I see other boys my son has played with and against make their college commitments and envy begins to set in. I hear about coaches recruiting other kids but not my own and I become angry. This has led me to put unintentional and unnecessary pressure on him. This hit home for me when we had a discussion recently about this whole process. My son expressed that he was completely “overwhelmed” and wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. It hit me that I was concerned with what I wanted for him more than with what God’s plan for him may be.
I encourage you to examine your life and see if pride has caused a crack in the foundation of your heart. If ignored, it can lead to much sorrow, despair, and regret. If dealt with, it will bring peace, joy, and contentment. The Bible says that “before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor” (Proverbs 18:12 NIV).
Have a Blessed Day!!
—Brian D. ElderFollow @be7821