Instead of Pride, Try This

In Life and Creative Projects

In several areas of my life, I’m realizing how prideful I am.

When talking with others, I too often approach conversations with an instructional tone rather than one of understanding. I talk at, rather than with. That means I value my own thoughts and perspective way above others.

In my creative work, I do the same thing. With my writing, I’m too confident in my structure or topic or style to accept any criticism or edits. I’m prideful enough and don’t respect you enough to think that you’ll get it.

I believe too much in my desired outcome to let other things happen. That stops new ideas from blooming or flourishing. I’m learning to let go.

There’s a verse in the Bible that addresses this head on:

“Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you…” — 1 Peter 5:5-6

I’ve been robbing myself of grace. I’ve been proud.

You’ve probably heard the advice about needing to pick battles. I once thought of just about everything as battle. But the real battle was with my pride instead.

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