Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling. Proverbs 16:18 (NASB)
Living in a suburb, I see many bicyclists. Talking to my friends who participate in the sport, I admire the passion, dedication, and health benefits that motivate them to ride. However, as I have often discussed with them, I find myself frustrated when trapped behind them on a two-lane highway with no option to pass. A refreshing discovery is that while they are acutely aware of this sentiment, they refuse to make their decision to ride based on what car drivers think.
I really just want to soak in the ability they have to ignore what people think. I desire to let it infuse every thought that I have. I find so often I begin my decision-making process with one question: “What will they think?” When fighting battles, this question is not the beginning of success. Popular opinion is like attempting to stand still in hurricane force winds. I might experience the calm of the eye for a brief period, but only until societal thought changes once again.
The very source of the question at hand is pride, my pride. Proverbs 16:18 states “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.”
I have made countless decisions that have ended disastrously because I wanted people to think well of me. Honestly, this life isn’t about me. Until I can learn that I must be humble before an amazing God and let my choices be driven by obedience to His desires, then I really won’t be as useful to Him as I wish to be.
Winning the battle means laying my life down so that I can become what He needs regardless of what others think.
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Matthew 27:1-31 How did Pilate let his pride and popular opinion sway his decisions? What were the results?
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Be aware of what information you base your choices on. Practice having the compassionate courage to do and say what may go against popular opinion always conveying the love behind the thoughts.
Dear Loving Father, convict my heart that this life is not about me but about You and Your glory. Help me be brave to do what will reflect well on You even if it means that I am rejected. Remind me on a regular basis that You experienced rejection and showed me that true discipleship is costly. Help me to be more devoted to Your ways and to love You greatly. In Jesus name, Amen.
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