The boomerang of your soul

Human pride is the boomerang of your soul.

Just when you think you’re done with selfishness and ego they come hurling back to their home within your heart. Pride is like that.

Now don’t get me wrong: There are two kinds of pride. Good pride is the way you feel when someone you love scores the winning goal or makes a tough-but-great decision. You’re proud of them, and rightly so.

But bad pride is when you’re invisibly puffed up like a peacock. It’s when you live and talk like your way is the only way. Unfortunately, it’s a naturally occurring phenomena.

That said, I’m pretty sure none of us would describe ourselves as a puffed-up peacock. But when we live and talk like our way is the only way, that’s basically what we’re doing.

But here’s the thing.

The more narrowly focused we are on our own little plans, the harder it is to welcome and receive God’s bigger plan for our lives.

Even if our own puffed-up plans seem grand, when compared to the majesty of God… they’re teeny-weeny.

Our vision is limited, but God’s is unlimited. Our wisdom barely gets us out the door, but God’s wisdom is broader than the sky. And yet, it’s so easy to think we have a better handle on things than the Maker of heaven and earth.

So today, remember that “One’s pride will bring him low…” (Proverbs 29:23). If you think you have all the answers and can do it all yourself, you’re not only wrong, but you’re also deluded… and will ultimately fall on your face.

Don’t overestimate what you can do, but don’t underestimate what God can do through you.

By Matthew Ruttan

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