Stuck in pride, missing out on self-deprecating laughter

Pride misses out on the joy of having a good laugh at yourself. (If you won’t laugh at yourself, you’re missing out on a lot of good humor!)

Pride feels a constant need to impress. What an unnecessary stress!

Pride distorts and twists truth to make itself look good. The spin never ends. It usually hides a lot of important details.

Pride looks for equals to associate with, but often all it finds is other pretenders. It is a veil that hides what people really are.

Self is a narrow perspective. Pride keeps you stuck in it.

Following pride and following conscience will take you down two vastly different roads. To close your conscience and harden your heart is driving blindfolded. Crash is coming.

Pride wants to be thought right. Humility wants truth, even if it proves you wrong. It hides truth behind the ego where only honesty and humility can find it. Pride is tricky and illusionary, hiding much more than it reveals.

When pride tries to puff it up, humility rejects the hot air. Pride is easily offended at things that humility hardly notices. When questioned, pride gets hostile. Humility prefers to be hospitable.

If you set aside pride, you’ll see much beauty that’s been hidden from you. Pride says no to tender tears. Humility embraces their healing.

Pride boasts of what it knows, until it convinces itself that it knows what it doesn’t know. Pride often lies, but conscience will usually tell you the truth if you’ll listen.

Pride jettisons anything that doesn’t support it. It throws all distractions from ego, overboard. Pride refuses to humbly bend, but it does often break.

It’s hard to sustain pride when there’s nobody around to be impressed by it. Pride and shame are polar extremes. Truth is somewhere in between them.

Pride’s based on comparison and competition. It looks down on others. Humility looks up to God. To take pride in what God’s given you is to confuse an undeserved gift with your ego.

Pride usually thinks God agrees with it, but the Bible says, “God resists the proud.” Pride believes it has a right to make its own rules (and ignore God’s). Pride boast in nations, but the glory of no nation can compare to the slightest glimpse of the glory of God.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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