There are two kinds of pride.
The first is simply being proud of your country or a child. I get that. It’s pretty innocent.
But the second kind of pride is problematic and has to do with ego. It’s an over-inflated sense of self. It’s having a puffed-up attitude, never admitting you’re wrong, and thinking you’re superior.
Granted, none of us would admit that we’re proud—at least not in that negative kind of way. But when we pretend to have all the answers, always put ourselves first instead of God, and never value the contributions of others… that’s pride.
In Galatians 6:3 Paul writes: “if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” In other words, if you go around thinking and acting superior you’re simply not being honest with yourself, with others, or with God. In the schema of life, God is at the top, and the rest of us stand shoulder-to-shoulder. Do we have different roles and responsibilities? Absolutely. But we all have the same value in the eyes of our Creator.
So to guard against pride, make a habit of doing things you think are “beneath” you.
-Do a common task or chore that you think isn’t worth your time or energy.
-Make friends with someone who can’t give you anything in return (at least not in an obvious, material sense).
-Do a favour for someone who has done nothing to deserve it.
Pride is like an infection that, if left alone, will spread and contaminate your soul. So guard against it.
Make a habit of doing things you think are “beneath” you.
By Matthew Ruttan