False Pride

Pride comes in different forms. I think we're most used to it taking the shape of importance...thinking of oneself better than another which is bad. But the reverse is also considered prideful and it's not good either. It takes the form of..."I don't want to ask my friends for help because they have their own lives and problems going on, I can handle this myself." I'm guilty of the latter.

And then, God had to humble me, and I mean take me down to a place of needing help and asking for it, but also to a place of realizing how needy I really am. In this place, you find out just who you are. We've heard the verse in Romans 12:3: "For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith." (NKJV) But, there's also the verse in Deuteronomy 28:13: "And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them." (NKJV) God wants us to find the middle ground so that we're not prideful in any way.

The bottom line is we are all fragile and we all break. None of us is better or worse than another. We allow our circumstances to have too much control over what we think and how we act. Neither side of pride is good for one side says, "you don't need anyone cause you're complete in yourself. You're comfortable in your own skin", while the opposite says, "you're not worth helping, you don't measure up to your friends or family, so go it alone." The Lord Jesus puts friends in our lives so that we won't feel alone and lonely.

Together we can help each other and not feel like we're being pitied. We don't have to feel vulnerable to ask for help from true friends. And sometimes all you can do to help someone is pray. But let me tell you, prayer is a powerful weapon. Don't underestimate it.

Pride is sinful and our Lord doesn't want us succumbing to it. I used to think I could handle life and then I was brought to my place to see that I can't and it's okay that I can't. In fact, it's where God wants me... to need Him and the circle of friends He has surrounded me with.

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