Pride

Be proud!

I’m proud of you!

Stay humble.

Pride goes before a fall .

Don’t be too proud to ask for help.

Pride is a complicated thing! Is it good or bad ? I think we try to to use one word to mean many things that aren’t exactly the same emotion or behaviors . But try to explain the difference and it’s not easy . Self-hate is not healthy , but neither is self-centeredness. Being prideful can mean that you don’t care about others needs or their opinions of your actions. Or it can just mean being excited and having a feeling of accomplishment. It’s definitely a tricky emotion and probably best to err on the side of caution. I like the following verse, but it’s not always easy for me to keep my mouth shut when I’m excited about an accomplishment.

Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips. proverbs 27:2

I think that’s because I need to talk about it to process it and also because even though I try not to, I do need approval. But God is always working on me and hopefully I’ll get to where pleasing Him is the only approval I need. In the end , God is the one who makes it possible for me to accomplish anything.

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

So I thank you ,God , for all you’ve done for me ! You are Creator and master and Father of all.