Purposefully Living

Motivational Message

Issue 13
January 6, 2003


Plagued With Pride
By Audrina Jones Bunton

In both my professional and personal life, I have had the occasion to contend with individuals plagued with pride. “Plagued” with pride because of their urge to habitually exalt themselves, while intentionally ridiculing others. Pride at this level incessantly inflicts your inner being, while simultaneously infesting the lives that you touch.

A couple of weeks ago, while attending a meeting, I observed an individual whose words and actions displayed this particular plague of pride. Plagued because she knew everything about a subject that she -- actually knew nothing about. Plagued because she intentionally spit out degrading words toward others – in the attempt to exalt herself. With dying composure and tight lips, I observed as she made a spectacle of herself. My initial thought was that of vindication, and then I thought, “poor thing, how pitiful and unaware is the person who feels that obtaining major accomplishments is justification to cease learning and to know it all.” As the meeting unfolded, my primary objectives were to ignore this arrogance and focus on the subject at hand.

I left the meeting with dual thoughts of wondering if I should have expressed my opinion, but realizing that the innocent one was indeed the stronger and by no means needed my help. I also realized that individuals plagued with such pride, no doubt are battling inner conflicts and insecurities.

The innocent one was strong because of inner strength. She was strong because of her humility. She was strong because of her awareness of the other's weakness. Her strength actually reminded me that exalting ourselves at the expense of others essentially degrades us in the minds and lives of others.

Infested pride can cause you your life and eat away at your very existence from the inside out. Outward rewards and accomplishments alone cannot build you, but must be accompanied by humility and nobility.

Take pride in being humble -- for in humility, you are strengthened -- and in humility, you are honored.

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Think About It!!

Proverbs 11: 2 -- When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Proverbs 15: 33 -- The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.

Proverbs 18: 2 -- A [self-confident] fool has no delight in understanding but only in revealing his personal opinions and himself.

Proverbs 29: 23 -- A man's pride will bring him low, but he who is of a humble spirit will obtain honor.

James 4: 6 -- He gives us more and more strength to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, "God sets himself against the proud, but he shows favor to the humble."


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