It’s funny how words take on a different meaning over time. Pride – for example – used to mean an inner sense of accomplishment or a feeling we experience when doing something noble. Another word, Gay, once meant joyful and full of laughter. Words and symbols that once meant one thing, now mean something totally different.
When looking for an image to go along with the Proverb containing the word pride, all I could find was rainbow flags and people marching in protest over gay rights. Being a wordsmith, it amazes me how culture and society has the power to change even our vocabulary. With that being said, my post regarding the pride that comes with accomplishments rather than lifestyles:
Will Rogers once said, “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”
I’m sure we’re all guilty of trying to make an impression with the clothes we wear, the cars we drive, etc. It’s part of our human nature. God wants us to be good stewards of what He gives us, but our pride often gets in the way.
Maybe we have lost the ability to produce an income because of disability, layoffs or a sagging job market. Maybe we still want to appear successful. Whatever the case, we should not rely on ourselves in anything that we do.
In Proverbs 30:32 He says, “If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth.” Pride is one of those lies that Satan likes to use on us.
Dear, God, you are the provider of all things. You give us talents and gifts of all kinds and because of that you are the one who deserves the praise. Lead us to do the right things, with the proper motives and always having respect for you and others. Amen!