A Universal Struggle

 

We all struggle with it.

It is always easier to see in someone else than in ourselves.

We are so full of it we are blinded to the fact we even have it.

It doesn’t play favorites.

It falls on rich and poor, tall and short, slender and not so slender.

It is an age-old dilemma.

God resists it.

Have you figured it out yet?

I bet you have

and

if you’re like me, you’d rather not discuss it.

PRIDE

The sin that brought down Satan.

The sin that runs rampant in all of us.

Yes, some pride is easily recognized.

But then there’s that pride that veils itself in righteousness.

Oh, that hurts!!!!

It is SOOOO easy to get caught up in spiritual pride.

As humans, we deal with all kinds of insecurities, even if we’re not willing to admit it.

If I can put myself above you, then somehow I can make myself feel better, right?

It sounds good, but somehow it never works.

Why then, do I continue to speak words that do that very thing?

My daughter briefly shared with me a list of things that distinguish whether one is full of pride or humility.

Her house church was looking at it

and she said it really kicked her butt.

Well, her butt wasn’t the only one kicked!

One short glance at the list and I was already bruised.

Yep, that’s right.

I looked more like the “prideful” list than the “humble” list.

Now, I have to tell you that I don’t really want to admit that.

Why?

Pride, of course.

How do we walk in humility and not in pride?

The only answer I can give you is that we must recognize

WHO WE ARE

compared to

WHO GOD IS.

Comparing myself to you allows me to find that thing that I do better than you.

Comparing my accomplishments to those around me shadows the fact that

all I am, all I have, and all I do is because of God.

It keeps me from giving the glory where the glory is due.

When I compare myself to God and I see myself for who I truly am,

humility is the only outcome.

Anything good in me is a result of Jesus living in my heart.

Anything I have accomplished is simply His grace in my life.

Without Him, I was lost and without hope.

Nothing I could ever do or ever be could redeem my fallen state.

If not for Christ, I would be condemned.

You see, there really is no credence for pride in my life.

Yet I daily struggle with it.

How about you?

Do you have the same struggle?

Let’s make a firm decision to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

When our eyes are on Him rather than ourselves,

we become the humble people God lifts up.

As much as I enjoy people lifting me up,

the truth is I’d rather let God do that instead.

“Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom,

and let not the mighty man boast of his might,

let not a rich man boast of his riches;

but let him who boasts boast of this,

that he understands and knows Me,

that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice,

and righteousness on earth;

for I delight in these things,” says the Lord.”

(Jeremiah 9: 23-24)

Lots of love,

Sharon


One thought on “A Universal Struggle

  1. Great Post Sharon!! Yes, I’m full of it too…pride that is! Yes, and I’d like to get that list too! Is that possible? It would be like looking in the mirror daily to check myself?! Love you Sister! And thanks for all you are doing in the name of Jesus! Rob

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