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Pride is the worst. Literally, the worst. Pride is at the root of most sin (arguably all) and it’s so easy to slip into!

I’ve talked about it before, but I want to talk about another aspect of pride – trusting in yourself.

We all trust in ourselves – our intelligence, our discipline, our commitment, our passion, etc. We think we can do things on our own. All our achievements are just that – our achievements. Even when there is evidence that we are lacking, we still somehow, very irrationally, believe that we achieved because of our star-spangled awesomeness.

But who is it who really gives us anything?

My grandfather converted very late in life. And his favorite verse after that was:

Isaiah 65:24

For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,’ says the Lord. ‘But on this one will I look: On him who is poor, and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.’

I’ve been freaking out about the future, and how I might not get everything I thought I deserved. But over the course of the day, it’s been made clear to me that I never deserved anything. Everything that is, God has made. God gives and He can take away. And regardless of how much I work, how bright I am, how right I am even, God has to bless me for me to get anything at all.

Not understanding that, thinking that I could do it on my own, is pride. Thinking that I can’t do it on my own and then panicking is also pride. Not trusting God because I don’t see how things will work out for me is lack of faith. We must know that we can’t achieve anything  on our own and then trust God to give us what’s best for us.

Let us remain poor, of a contrite spirit, and continue to humble ourselves before God’s mighty hand.

 

P.S. I don’t mean ‘don’t do anything cause it’s pointless’. I mean do what you can and trust God to do the rest.

A friend recently asked me this out of the blue. I had to think about it – I was going through a rough time – but I was able to answer yes. Yes I am happy. Genuinely happy regardless of my circumstances. I’m aware that the problems I’m facing are only surface deep – that below this I am growing roots that are pulling me closer to God so of course I am happy. [‘Happy’ I guess I take to mean joy/contentedness. Ie, living in the knowledge that one is on the right Way.]

Which got me to thinking about what a wonderful question that is to ask someone. ‘Are you happy?’ It’s different to ‘How are you?’ or ‘What’s up?’. It allows the other person to reflect, to think on their circumstances and decide – are they happy? are they unhappy? If they are, then great! They can be reminded of how happy they are!  If they are not, then you get to help them – to see why. To maybe try and help them become happy. What a wonderful way to get to know someone better. What a wonderful opportunity for the recipient to take a step back and see the big picture.

I then decided that I was gonna ask this question to others, and told my friend this.  She said that the only reason she asked me was because I’d asked her whether she was happy the last time we met! What a wonderful circle of happiness!