4Jan

humility: the war on pride

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Proverbs 11:2

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.)

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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?

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  • http://vesselproject.com/ Keiki Hendrix

    Love that.. Pride, always a foe of mine.

  • http://vesselproject.com/ Keiki Hendrix

    Love that.. Pride, always a foe of mine.

  • Tami Heim

    A foe to all.

  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    Pride–that dude with the big “I” in the middle. We’re always doing battle. Right along with Inferiority–the dude that leads with an “I.” And fear, too. We have great parties sometimes.

    I do battle with this when I post links to my blog or retweet others who have included me in their tweets–wondering if this is appropriate at this time and how many times is enough. And then sometimes I think if I wonder too much, the focus is all on me again.

    I also wonder about it with folks who don’t engage in conversation or develop relationships. And I love it when people share their struggles without dwelling on them. There’s humility and realness in that.

    Going to go dust my heart again. Praying I always direct the gaze toward Him.

  • Tami Heim

    It takes discernment at every turn so we don’t get lost in trying to figure where we are and what’s up with others-talk about consuming!
    I lean into my Holy Spirit tracker:
    If I am thinking more of myself – PRIDE ALERT (humility check required)
    If I am thinking less of myself – FEAR ALERT (Confidence check required)
    God wants us in His sweet spot of who we are (humility) and whose we are (confidence).
    You will find me in line for my daily dusting, too…thanks for sharing Sandy.

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  • Michelle Sarabia

    Pride is that ugly word that reminds me that its all about Him. That this journey He has me on is one that I can only do with Him.