P R I D E: Notice the “I” in the middle of this word.
Webster defines it as an inordinate self-esteem; a feeling that you are more important or better than other people.
Have you ever thought of yourself as being a prideful person? I mean really? Down in the recesses of your soul? To be honest, I never thought of myself as having a problem with this particular issue. After all, I have plenty of other issues. Perhaps the enemy was deceiving me to believe otherwise.
Let me explain…several years back, I heard a rather popular speaker at a Women’s Conference and she spoke on this very subject. This is when I first realized that I’d been duped into thinking this issue didn’t apply to me. Then, recently, someone I respect shared her testimony. I was again reminded of this being true of me, too.
This wise, older Mom who has already raised a set of fully grown twin boys and another daughter, shared how she would stay in her house when she was a SAHM (Stay-at-Home-Mom). She didn’t invite people into her life or her home nor did she ask for help or advice from anyone who might be able to support her in her motherhood. She confessed it was all pride. She begged those of us she was speaking to, to not to make this same mistake.
Does the enemy try to convince you that your home, or whatever you have to offer, isn’t good enough? Or, that you don’t measure up? This is pride. In essence, you are thinking too much of yourself. Wow! This has been an eye-opening revelation to me. Don’t allow yourself, or anyone else for that matter, to dupe you into believing this lie. For it is just that, a lie. Everything we have is a gift from God.
Every generous act of giving and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father who made the heavenly lights, in whom there is no inconsistency or shifting shadow. (James 1:17, ISV)