They say pride is one of the “seven deadly sins”. If pride oversteps into the bounds of conceit and arrogance, then yes, pride can lead into a downward spiral of problems. It is one thing to be proud of your accomplishments and feel empowered by overcoming some personal challenge or meeting a goal or completing a rather difficult task or enduring some particularly grueling situation– and you express pride and pleasure at having overcome things you thought were too much. But when you become so full of yourself and neglect your modesty and humility and shrug off God’s role in your success, you put yourself on a delicate pedestal that might fall underneath you.
It is one thing to feel confident in the talents and skills that God has granted to you. It isn’t a sin to be brave and secure in what God has blessed you with. It is however a sin to put others down by propping yourself up in some grand-scale show. If you wish to display how awesome you are and feel compelled to tell the world how incredible you are– you are losing sight of just who and what it was that made you so great– and you are sending a harmful message to others that suggests their blessings and their gifts and talents are somehow inferior or lacking in comparison to yours. By boasting your gifts and accomplishments over others, you are in effect, insulting God and how He offers His blessings.
Some are blessed more than others… but we are all blessed according to our needs and what God has planned for us. And some of us have been blessed in ways that we may not even be aware of yet. Some of us have many hidden talents… or our blessings are more private and intimate and do not require for us to so openly put them on display.
Imagine how humiliated and embarrassed you would feel if suddenly your talents and skills fell short of the expectations you had been advertising? Suppose God decided to withhold His blessings? Suppose you took your best qualities for granted and no longer felt the need to work hard? At some point your efforts would fall flat and seem less. What seems easy one day can just as easily become an insurmountable mountain to climb if you think you can do it all on your own or that skill without wisdom can see you through?
Put your confidence in God. Be proud of what God has done for you. Show Him thanks by giving thanks. Be proud of your accomplishments but remember God’s role in your happiness and success. Without God, perhaps you would not be so awesome?
Food for spiritual thought. Peace!