Have you noticed that there are some people who always get recognized? Everywhere certain people go others will give way to them.
They never consider the feelings of anyone but themselves and others feel obligated to step aside for them to have the moment of recognition. The key here is “others.” You depend on some of the others as your boss, best friend, preacher or recreational leader. You work hard to meet the challenges required as an employee, church member, little league player or a friend. You do your best yet when these certain people come into the picture you are suddenly cast aside by the ones you work hard to please. Suddenly you are sitting on the bench while this important person’s son plays ball in your spot. You are playing second fiddle because that important conductor comes in wanting his own person playing your part. You are asked not to serve in church because you no longer fit a new format where it looks better to have important people serve instead of you. You no longer have an evening out with your best friend because a popular football player wants to be a part of that group and that football player does not like you.
It’s bad enough that pride puffs up a person into somewhat of an idol to people but when others give way to them, it hurts even more. It’s the others you depend on. Pride works two ways. Pride will puff some up into being little gods and it will puff up others who want to be recognized by these little gods. Pride is what got the devil cast out of heaven. Pride is what keeps the devil hard at work creating pride among people today. Pride hurts people.
God has His way of dealing with these prideful empires of people. However the results may seem far in the future. Some puffed up people go on for years doing the same thing to people they do not like and get by with it. Are they really getting by?
You are without the batting spot in the ball game and the prideful person or coach have no remorse over your feelings. You do not get to play your part in the performance that you worked so hard on because a trusted conductor chose a well known at the last minute. You do not get to join the night out because your friend chose the popular football player to hang with. You do not get to serve on a committee at church because the opening needs to be left in case someone considered more desirable may want to serve.
You watch while these people have all the fun. You see their smiles and laughter but what these prideful people do not see is their losses. They have lost your trust and your respect. They have lost your loyalty and hard work for them as you work hard some place else. While they may see you as just one person, it is understood there are others facing the same thing as you with these exact same people. Pride catches up with them.
Humility comes from God to bess you. During these hard times of waiting, sometimes for years, it’s important to know that God has not forgotten you and there are blessings in humility. The center letter in the word “pride” is I. The center two letters in “humble” are MB standing for mountains of blessings.
God blesses for an eternity. These situations that are taken from you are for a brief moment. God is still on His throne and God knows all things. God blesses you for a pleasant humble attitude even though tears. God is watching you with a loving eye. He is angry with the wicked every day.
Matthew 23:10-12 Living Bible
And don’t be called ‘Master,’ for only One is your master, even the Messiah. “The more lowly your service to others, the greater you are. To be the greatest, be a servant. But those who think themselves great shall be disappointed and humbled; and those who humble themselves shall be exalted.
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