When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Everywhere you click online, competing messages, philosophies, opinions, and personal agendas dominate. Life in The Land of Shiny things can complicate rather than simplify the life of a believer . . . if you advance without caution.
A majority, if not all, of the people online are talking, selling, exchanging information, goods, purchasing, or making a full time job of persuading others to do something. It’s a cultural currency that can heavily influence your thinking, vocabulary, perception, and even your self-image — like it or not; agree or not.
If you spend any time at all on social networks you know there’s a rock star or expert born every minute. You can’t be online for five minutes without bumping into an all-star blogger, marketing maven, social networking ninja, SEO expert or a Hollywood celebrity dueling for the number one spot in the online conversation. People will say a lot of things — both true and liberal versions of true — to gain and maintain those titles.
You live in the land of streaming me.
The online culture provides the perfect storm for pride to rise up like a toxic tsunami. When you enter this terrain, a stand for humility means you are declaring war on pride.
To quote C.S. Lewis, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.” When you think more of yourself, you create a place where pride creeps in and if you’re not careful it finds a place to set up permanent residence deep inside you. (By the way, pride doesn’t mind sharing the neighborhood with fear.)
God gives wisdom to the humble and overcomes the proud. Be clear what side you’re on. #LiveSticky
If pride is the ‘enemy’ how do you know when you see it online?