For several days after i was told by Tim(not real name) that Abby(not real name) was not happy with me because God was blessing me, I found myself always thinking what exactly could be. I just wanted to believe that that wasn’t the reason for the silent dispute that existed between us which I was blind to. I remember going to the toilet, looking in the mirror and asking myself what has changed in me.
I began to ask me in the mirror if I had suddenly become proud. I asked myself if i behaved differently. The questions kept pouring from my lips to me in the mirror but there were no responses. I then began to ask the Lord to forgive me if i have unconsciously exhibited any form of pride, I asked him to help me to remain humble despite his blessings. I began to pray for myself because that was all I could do at that time.
So many times, God blesses us beyond human comprehension and we unknowingly, unintentionally act in a way or say something that people interprets as pride. Meanwhile, deep within the heart, it was done or said from the lowliest part of us. In a much common case, the blessings of God to some so overwhelms them that they become conspicuously proud and are ready to walk on people’s head if offered to them just to buttress that they have been blessed.
It is unavoidable that the blessings of God on a man brings about difference. If you are blessed financially and materially, it will show and as much as we try to remain humble, some will always misinterpret that. Its something that happens. Where i am heading to is the part you-the recipient of God’s blessings-play in all of these. When people begin to look up to you for their daily bread, is it from a humble spirit that act of kindness is done? I ask myself daily this life stirring questions. This article is not targeted to only those that God blesses even to those who are patient, are you humble too? I’ve seen people with nothing who are so proud. I see that as a challenge. No body wants to be looked down upon. So in order to be relevant, they put on the cloak of pride and that is the wrong attire for the occasion.
I want to encourage someone today and I am talking to myself as well, let us daily check our life with the thermometer of God’s word and judge by Jesus’s example if we are hot and not well or we are well. You can be the best of all and the best at everything but a little pride can make you the worst of all. Pride is like a terminal disease, it eats up its victim and leaves him or her for dead but humility is like a daily dose of vitamins and supplements, it keeps you shining and radiating.
In addition, there is a thin line between confidence and pride. When your confidence no longer allows you to listen to opinions from others and refuse you to be corrected, it has crossed the line. When dear friends call you in private to rebuke you and you publicly reject their rebuke, you have crossed the line. When everything becomes about you only, not caring about those who you hurt, you have crossed the line.
So to you and I, when the good Lord blesses us, let’s remember to thank him for the blessings and when we begin to get overwhelmed with His blessings, let’s ask that He plants the seed of humility in us.
“Proud and boastful people will be shamed, but wisdom stays with those who are modest and humble.” ~ Proverbs 11:2
“Your pride can bring you down. Humility will bring you honor.” ~ Proverbs 29:23
“Pride is the first step toward destruction. Proud thoughts will lead you to defeat.” ~ Proverbs 16:18
“Pride makes us artificial, Humility makes us real” ~ Thomas Merton
God bless you. Love you big.