I’m not balding, and I only have a few gray spots. I sometimes joke that my hair is my only claim to fame. But if I bragged about my hair, I would be forgetting one important thing: I got it from my dad. My father had a good head of hair, and he passed on the “good hair” genes to me. If it wasn’t for him, I might as well wear a mop on my head.
This personal revelation brings up a good point: pride is pointless. Everything we have that is of any value comes from someone else. If not from other people, our blessings come from God. We can’t do or have anything without Christ who strengthens and provides for us.
But sometimes we forget this. Self gets in the way and causes us to believe that we are the reason for our success, and God has to remind us (often painfully) where it really comes from.
Here are some “anti-pride” steps from Richard Mayo and Joe Thorn in the article “Overcoming Pride”:
Understand the sinfulness of pride. The first step to overcoming this and other sins is to recognize its danger.
Be convinced that this sin is in you. Pride takes many forms. One of the greatest sins is to think we don’t have it.
Consider God’s judgment against sin. God hates pride and resists proud people – even if those people are Christians.
Look at the examples of humble people. Choose friends who are humble. Model your life after Biblical characters who practiced humility.
Keep the gospel always before you! Pride disappears when we remember Christ’s sacrifice. We can’t think too highly of ourselves as long as we’re thinking about the One who died in our place.
Do you have a lot of talents or riches (or hair)? Then you have received these things from someone else. Have you given credit where it’s due? Remember the source of your blessings, and you will have a heart that is truly humble.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder