Our last Wednesday evening Bible Study (yeah, here I go again – I swear my blog has gone all religious, when I said it wouldn’t… But hey, God is all up in my face these days, and I’m digging it) we studied a passage that revolved around PRIDE.* Specifically, about a king who had everything, yet still assumed more in areas he had no right to, eventually leading to his demise and poor legacy at the end. Lots of great discussion ensued, but I left pondering several things. I can’t get it out of my head.
Does pride sneak up on us, or is it established over time?
Am I surrounded by people who will keep me in check if I start to sway?
Can one be blessed immeasurably with worldly things, and still be humble?
Does having “it all” make one prideful?
Shouldn’t we always be reaching, working, pushing? Does that contradict with contentedness (I don’t think so)?
I am in love with where we are right now. In my old age (ha!), I am becoming more of a softie. I tear up all the time. Out of sheer and utter humility and thankfulness. A hard (but fulfilling!) season has ended, a new begun. One better than I could have ever planned.
Dreaming of autumn walnuts
I feel a little (a lot) guilty for having so many worldly comforts in this season. Even more than comforts, so many extra things – like this beautiful place we live that met our silly wish list. Like the Rubbermaids full of stuff in the basement. The freezer full of food. The ping pong table in the carport… Animals to care for and love. Flowers and pastures.
How could I ever be prideful or assume it was ME who put me right here?
…Or should I be so sure that pride would pass me by?
In our greatest blindness comes a fall.
And so I ask you all, as friends and readers, I beg you to, in the spirit of love, keep me in check if my posts or life reveal anything but humility. I in no way take credit for who I am, or where I am today. I do not believe I deserve my life – flaws and all. Despite many challenges, I feel blessed beyond measure. I don’t ever want to take it all for granted.
*we were in II Chronicles, and have been on a series of kings who “started strong” vs. who “finished strong”. So often these kings’ lives ended in pride and ruin. It seems the more people have, the more apt they are to fall. The more people settle into easy, the less they have to conscientiously work and think about each step, giving time to become lazy and ungrateful. What did Pastor Scott say? “A humble man who has it all is more impressive than a lowly man who is content with nothing.”