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Topic: Pride (04/12/04)

TITLE: The necklace of pride can choke you
By Angela Moore
04/16/04

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Pride in itself has held me back for so long and I always thought that it was boosting me forward. Pride can manifest itself in me as a stronghold and quite often it holds tight around my throat. But, it disguises itself as a beautiful necklace that I often wanted to display for others to see. The jewels that would ordane this collar of pride would include a ruby of rage and indignance, an emerald of envy and jealousy and a diamond of deception that would sparkle from a mile away. [It seems to me that everyone around me always knew when I was enveloped in pride and I often found myself to be the last one to figure it out.]
The coverings of pride are not always easy to discern. My idea of wisdom may actually be a prideful arrogance with a clever phrase to hide behind. The sting that comes from being criticized wounds the pride that indulges itself as a "creative license". The need to seem self-reliant and independent rides into town on the back of the idea that I don't need anyone and I can do it myself. Pride is revealed to me once I have fallen hard enough to hurt myself.
I tell my husband frequently that I am proud of him for being a soldier and I whisper to my infant daughter how proud I am of her for eating her first solid food so well, but the instant that my own pride takes residence in something directly related to me, it swells up with a gluttonous helium that soon becomes hard to control! If someone gives me a compliment, I receive a self-esteem boost, but the second compliment sends me on an ego-trip! When I am being selfish, "touchy", sensitive in my own skin and insensitive to others, it is my pride that is running my thoughts, and, therefore, my words, emotions and life.
God has shown me how to replace pride, piece by piece. Proverbs 11:2 in the Amplified version says, "When swelling and pride come, then emptiness and shame come also, but with the humble (those who are lowly, who have been pruned or chiseled by trial, and renounce self) are skillful and godly Wisdom and soundness." Pride won't allow me to admit that I am wrong or say that I am sorry, but humility makes me run to the person I have offended. Pride tells me that others don't know anything about me and can't help me, but humility says that wisdom often lies in the words of the least likely people. Pride tells me that I can do anything I want, whenever I want and humility also tells me that this is possible, but it is through Christ who strenthens me.
The necklace that I wear today is what Proverbs 1 asks us to where: the instruction of [my] father and the law of [my] mother and the remembrance and observance of both. The instructions and the laws are those of God and they are found in Word of God. That necklace is a protective guard against my lifeline (the breath of the Holy Spirit). Every once in a while, I look down and a jewel of pride has found its way onto the chain again, but my joy is that those jewels are returnable to the jeweler of the enemy and I can return them anytime I want.


Member Comments
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L.M. Lee04/20/04
what a novel approach...using pride as a piece of jewelry we wear. I wish it was as easy to take off sometimes! :-)
Vanessa Severino04/20/04
THAT WAS TRULY AMAZING, THE LORD MOST DEFINITELY USED YOU TO SPEAK TO ME, WE SERVE AN AWESOME GOD, AND WHOM HE LOVES HE CORRECTS, HE REFINES US
Naomi Deutekom04/20/04
I like the analogy too. It creates a clear picture.
Jan Grupido04/22/04
Great analogy and I loved how you developed it with multiple levels. Found it hard to follow...probably just a matter of formatting some paragraphs? Overall very sound and good read.