“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
~James 4:6, NLT
Pride is essentially competitive–it is competitive by its very nature.
Someone said, “Pride is the only disease that everyone recognizes except the person suffering from it.” Pride gets no real pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. In other words, it does not matter how intelligent I am, so long as I am more intelligent than you. It doesn’t matter how much money I have, so long as I have more than you. It doesn’t matter how I look as long as I am better looking than you. It is the comparison that makes us proud; the pleasure of being above the rest. Greed can certainly make a man want more money but the obsession to gain wealth is usually driven by pride. Money is power and nothing makes a man feel prouder than to move people around like pawns on a chess board.
Pride just may be the most subtle of all sins; it was pride that turned an angel into a devil. It can be pride that motivates us to live decently before others; thus creating a sense of being better than others. Many a man has overcome anger and mastered self-control due to there strong sense of pride. The real black diabolical pride comes when we look down on others who are unable to act in a decent way. C.S. Lewis says that the folks Jesus mentions in Matthew 7:21 were suffering from delusional pride, they had been worshiping a god of their own imagination, imagining that He favored them more than others because they were more deserving. The bottom line and a most humbling thought is: the proud man does not know he is proud and the humble man does not know he is humble. I can say this: if you think you are humble, you are not and if you think you are not proud, you are!
Unbelievable, went sound of sleep last night at 6:30 just as I had planned but woke up at 1:30 a.m. and that was not planned. Yeah, I watched the replay, at least the second half and no, we can’t beat Georgia. There is Georgia, a big gap, and then everyone else including Alabama. Our defense is not improving: it may be getting worse. Moses is yet to have a good game. We can’t tackle, rush the passer or cover. We are in trouble. I think it is time for me to give it up.
Have a great day!