No one enjoys being someone who is boastful or prideful. And yet, we all struggle with pride. It’s an inherent characteristic of every human being. I’m surprised we’re able to hang out with each other at all since we all deal with so much disgusting pride.
This is a reason we generally find one of the biggest warnings from the authors of scripture is to not be proud.
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.” – Proverbs 11:2
“It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.” Proverbs 16:19
“Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Matthew 23:10-12
What’s the opposite of pride? Humility. While most people can’t stand being around people who deal with pride, people love being around people who reek of humility. Just think about the people you most enjoy being around. Do they talk more about themselves or about you? Do they tend to showcase how great they are to you or feel like they are always proving themselves, or are they people who are constantly celebrating you and what you are accomplishing? Are they people who look in the mirror when they succeed or look through the window and see all the people who actually accomplished something?
You love humble people.
So do I. Pride is gross. Humility is awesome.
So obviously, I want to be someone who is considered more humble than proud.
And I think I’ve discovered the greatest anecdote to achieving a more humble than proud posture (we’re always going to people who struggle with pride – the key is to letting the humility outshine the pride).
To them. To others. To social media. To their peers. To their bosses. To anyone and everyone.
Be their biggest fans, cheerleaders, and celebrators!
At first, you might have to fake it, especially if it doesn’t come naturally. But I think, if you’re like me, once you start to celebrate other people, you start thinking of yourself less (pride) and think of others more (humility). You’ll start to feel actual pride over what others are accomplishing and feel less important about your own stuff. You’ll start to see accomplishments through the window (what they are doing to help you achieve what you seek) and less in the mirror (what you are doing to help you achieve what you are doing).
Choose someone this week.
Celebrate the crap out of them.
See what it does to your pride/humility posture and balance.