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Topic: Pride (04/12/04)
TITLE: Are You?
By Eric Christopher Jackson
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I think pride, taken too far, will eventually lead to failure. When I do something well or make the right decision, I'm proud of myself. Also, I take pride in what I do by doing the best I can. I examine my heart and say I'm more mature than I used to be. But I realize Jesus is the One who has really changed my heart and turned my life around.
Some people allow pride to take them over. They depend on themselves and need no one else. They're proud of their success and accomplishments. It makes them who they are as a person. But a person's real value and worth cannot be weighed by possessions and achievements. Itís weighed by the character of their soul; the integrity in their personality; and the love in their heart.
I recently e-mailed some of my friends this letter. I titled it, "Greatness."
"To me, substance is your morals, values...your integrity. To me, status is your position in society. I've seen a lot of people with a high status. But I see fewer people with a lot of substance. Maybe some believe that at times you have to lose some of your substance to gain a higher status. The more money you have, the higher your status is right? I admire those who understand you can have both at the same time. I look up to Jesus Christ the most. He takes His substance and makes it so powerful that His status sky rockets. So I encourage you all whether you're a believer or not...let your substance take you where you want to go in society. Itís all to gain, nothing to lose. Jesus loves you. :o) Peace..."
At the end of time, when I'm standing before Jesus Christ, in my mind I won't ask, "Am I proud of myself?" I'll ask, "Are You proud of me?"