“…if you want to find out how proud you are, the easiest way is to ask yourself, ‘How much do I dislike it when other people snub me, or refuse to take notice of me, or shove their oar in, or patronise me, or show off?’.”
-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Ah. Pride, that nasty little thing that creeps in all the time --- pride in excelling in studies, pride in being good, pride in being in church, pride in being a Christian --- pride in being humble and having humility. It is certainly right to say that pride is the “utmost evil”, as Lewis and many other Christian teachers said. It is even the cause of the Devil’s existence.
It creeps in without being noticed, polluting your mind, influencing your thoughts, making you unloving. It even comes when you’re trying be do good, to be good.
I believe that only by focusing on God, that Pride can be defeated; being wholly dependant on God, and being aware of that, is the key to defeat Pride, to deliver that ass-kicking kick, that fatal blow.
So, let’s focus our thoughts, turn our eyes on Jesus, and as the song goes, ‘and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace’.