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Pride

 

I titled this blog pride because it gets attention. The very word hangs in front of us tantalizingly. It teases. We think that we have accomplished something out of the norm when in fact, there is probably not much that we ever do that does not carry others along with us. There are those who encourage and those who, well, are not encouraging.

God has provided me with way more than I deserve in every aspect of this life here. Don't get me wrong, I deal with unanswered prayers, life struggles, insecurities, just like anyone else, but at the end of the day, I am thankful that God led me through another day of living with him; every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before. 

There are two ways to look at pride, at least in my mind. There is selfish pride, and there is joy-pride. Joy-pride is when you celebrate someone else's success because you are genuinely happy for them; bringing them joy or celebrating their accomplishment bursts your buttons! God wants us to lose self and bring joy into the lives of those around us, those he strategically places. When we consider how worthy we are in Christ, this thought should catapult us into another realm of understanding the love of Christ.

As followers of Christ, we all have the same thread running through us that connects us in a most beautiful pattern for His glory. Our pride limits our ability to see others. The joy that comes through watching God use the gifts of others in ministry is truly a gift. Stepping to the side for others to shine is not easy, but anything I can do, you can do better. You can do anything better than me...yes, you can, and I'm excited for you to shine!

pride < joy brought to others = choosing humility

 

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