The Problem with Pride and Proud
What is “Pride”? Well, one definition is an undue confidence in and attention to one’s own skills, accomplishments, state, possessions or position.
Pride is easier to recognize than to define. Easier to recognize in others than in oneself.
What is “Proud”? Well one definition is having proper self-respect.
People who achieve an extra-ordinary level of fame or reputation, while they are still alive, are often call a legend in their own time.
A karate instructor who taught professionally says he met many people in the world of sports who were only a legend in their own mind.
Pride has a way of distorting how we see ourselves while humility offers a realistic perspective.
The writers of “Proverbs” who Solomon said ‘pride goes before destruction, haughtily spirit before a fall.’
The Holy Bible talks about “Proud” in the Book of James 8:6 and says: ‘But he giveth more grace, wherefore he saith, God resists the “Proud”, but giveth peace unto the humble”.
We must stay “Proud” of ourselves and have “Pride” in what we do and say regarding the task of ending homelessness.
Most organizations such as “Churches” and “Homeless Shelters” take a certain amount of “Pride” and are “Proud” of what they say and do for the homeless person.
There is nothing wrong receiving accolades for achievements and success. The challenge is to stay focused on the One who calls us to follow Him, saying “For I am gentle and humble in hearts, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Once again, I say a “Blessing”, give cheerfully to those in need and likewise receive in like kind what is given also, by those who have been blessed with more than they need.
Nowadays everybody wants to be in control, wants to be a leader. But there must also be followers. With no information and no direction, those exhibiting “Pride” are not prepared to be leaders.
All they have to do, however, is bow down and ask the Lord to be their guide. True humility comes from God.
Guidance, in Proverbs 3:5-6 says: “First trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct they paths. If God be with us, who can be against us.”