Love you all, praying for you.
Today – a day of rest. Praise God. Galentines Day Ministry was God’s success. Young women learning their great worth. The Holy Spirit leading and confirming. So blessed to see what God is doing through our girls as they minister the love of Jesus to others. Reece's Senior Night was a stone of remembrance of God’s love and faithfulness. All praise to God. The Revive Ministry fan contingent encouraging her to dunk (while at the free throw line), and threatening to ‘storm the court’ was just a practical example of what “Kingdom looks like family” – looks like.
God tested me recently.
It’s hard to be humble when you don’t recognize your pride. Mind you, I am highly skilled at sniffing it out the moment it pokes out its ugly head… in someone else. But when it is starting to glare in my own life, my keen eyesight is far less keen.
Pride can so quickly sneak in. Unawares. The crack that it uses most? Perhaps comparison.
Comparing yourself - or your progress (which if any exists, is totally God’s Grace) – to someone else, who may not be at the same stage or season as you, or may even be on another track altogether… Or whose skills and abilities are slightly different (but no less important) than mine, and of course I view mine as being more important… more vital to the achievement of success, even if it’s a team effort.
Of course I would never be as obvious as that Pharisee.
Luke 18:10 Two men went to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer, “I thank you God that I am not like other people – cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.” But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead he beat his chest in sorrow saying, “O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.” I tell you, this sinner, not the pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Notice the first evidence of pride is words. While I would never say something like that Pharisee did… (oops there I just did it again) Every time I compare myself with someone else… The danger to think more highly of myself than others is right there. In fact, if I am not in the habit of taking the low place, thinking of the other person higher, and me lower… I can easily get caught in the trap of pride.
Pride is no respecter of talent. You can suck and still be prideful.
God opposes the proud, but gives grace (favor and power) to the humble.
Praying for you, that you will give yourself a pride check, And every time you find yourself starting to compare yourself with someone else that you would pray for them, for God to bless them, increase them, and use them powerfully in His Kingdom.
Praying that you would find the great value in every person, see their potential, be willing to see what they do better than you, and learn from it. To overlook their faults, to bless and encourage them on what they are doing well and appreciate them out loud. It will build them up, and also guard your heart. It will close the cracks that pride tries to sneak in.
Love you all,
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