Hi Friends, I missed you all already
Its kind of crazy when you are buried deep solving some brainstorming calculations and suddenly some ideas start popping up everywhere in your head. It was rather frustrating, in fact I was becoming impatient and frustrated. What’s all this! I would moan in fits of frustration.
You see that’s how HS can be sometimes; I had to allow HS to have his way which in turn give birth to this post. I hope it blesses you as it did to me
You see The line that distinguishes pride and confidence is often indistinguishable.
From the outside, looking in, it’s like trying to find those tiny thinly fishing line in suspended mid-air. You know it’s there, but unless you find yourself tangled up in it, it’s a line that’s not visible to the naked eye. A line that is so slippery that you won’t event know when are hooked or tangled up in it
To see that distinguishing fishing line, we will need a piece of contrasting material (a black T-shirt preferably) placed at the back of the line for it to stand out. Take the contrasting material away, and the line seems to go with it. That contrasting material is what I will refers to as SELF EXAMINATION (I will write on that in another post)
It’s incredibly easy to slide from confidence into pride, from a healthy view of self based on your identity in Christ to an unhealthy perspective of your gifts and abilities. In fact, if you’re not careful, you won’t even realize you’ve made the transition. It takes careful, conscious deliberate and intentionally holding up a contrasting material every now and then to see this invisible line.
However there is trouble if the line becomes unnoticeable. Especially when a time came that you can’t tell when you’re moving into pride because leadership will be damaged, poor decisions will be made and many times meaningful and productive relationships are destroyed leaving a chaotic pathway of destruction that will take years to rebuild. Who wants that?
Looking at pride and confidence contrasting each other can be the mirror we can use to tell this important distinction and also the never ending introspective tool called SELF EXAMINATION.
The prideful person
1. It’s very difficult for a prideful person to learn because of the feelings of “Ive don’t this before ” “I’m better than this” “I’ve heard this before” destructive attitude
2. They possess that tendency to blame everything and everybody but themselves, they are not willing to take blame even when they are wrong
3. Pride creates a life of mediocrity
4. A Prideful attention and focus is always on themselves without respect or regard to others feelings
5. Doesn’t accept others input, but goes at everything alone. They makes decisions in a vacuum.
6.Murmurs and grumbles when being advised/corrected
7. Doesn’t take others into account
8. Craves and pursue public and/or private recognition for the works they’ve done or denigrates others efforts to look good
The confident person
1. Strong in their identity–someone that really knows who they are
2. Someone that is honest with themselves, they know their strengths and weaknesses
3. Weighs input from others, and moves towards the Truth.Doesn’t proceed through selfish ambitions. (Philippians 2:3-4)
4. Realizes they can’t do it alone, Enjoy working with others.
5. Knows who they are, and who they aren’t. They’re “confident” where God has gifted them.
6. Works to build others up. (Ephesians 4:12-13)
Belief that you can do something
Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. – Jeremiah 9:23-24
THIS TOPIC WILL BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW
Have you ever been accuse of being proud? Why do you think people says so? I’d love to read your opinions in the comment box
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