Put Your Pride Aside.

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

– Proverbs 11:2

I just knew that I was going to win.

Last week, I went to a carnival with a dear friend of mine. My goal for the night was to win a huge stuffed animal.

I stepped up to a game booth where the object of the game was to throw a small ball into a giant bucket and get it to stay. Easy enough, right?

The guy who was manning the booth told me that he would give me three balls and I would only have to get two in the bucket to walk away with a giant Rasta banana—the prize I was eyeing ;).

I looked at him with skepticism because I knew there was some trick to getting the balls to stay in the bucket—it couldn’t be as easy as he was making it sound.

And I was right.

The man showed me "the trick" to winning the prize and gave me 2 free practice shots. I got both balls in the bucket!

Now it was time to do it for real—money was on the line.

Suddenly, I got nervous because I knew it would be a waste of money if I didn't go home with my Rasta banana. I wanted that Rasta banana!!!

Well, I choked up. I only got one ball in the bucket.

The man told my friend and me that he would give us 2 more balls (for a price, of course), and if we got 1 more in the bucket, he’d give us the prize. So, we decided to give it another try.

This time, my friend played the game. He didn't have a practice round, though, and missed the first shot.

I started to get nervous again.

"You have to throw it gentler!" I said. "Be gentle!"

I was really nervous.

My friend started to throw the second ball, and I could tell by his posture that he was about to throw it too hard.

"Let me do it, let me do it!" I said to him.

"I got it," he said.

He didn't have it. My friend missed the second shot, and we walked away without the giant stuffy :(.

"I could've made the last shot," I teased.

And then he said to me, "My pride wouldn't let me give you the last ball."

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

– Proverbs 11:2

I don’t know about you, but I can relate to my friend’s statement. He said that it was his pride that wouldn’t give me the last ball, but it was my pride that thought I could do it better.

I’ve often allowed my pride and desire to "win" in life to get in the way of giving God a chance to work things out for me.

Pride deceives us into thinking that we can do things better than God, but the truth is, we can't.

He is our omniscient Father, and there’s no way we can out think Him. Daddy knows best ;).

Pride causes us to think we’re more important than we are, which is why we think we can do things better. Yes, you are important, but your identity doesn’t come from worldly validation.

Your identity is found in God.

Sometimes God will let you fail at something you know you’re good at to break down your pride. He wants you to trust Him every step of the way.

Let the old you go.

I used to be a go-getter who was fueled by a burning desire to build a better future for my family and my family’s family.

My intentions were pure, selfless even. I told myself that I was grinding for those around me. But something was missing.

You see, the old me was also driven by pride and the desire to be recognized. I wanted to feel important. The old me wanted her will to be done and then prayed for God to bless it.

But I had to let the old me go to make room for my champion, God. He’s yours too, and He wants you to be victorious.

Put your pride aside and give God a chance to work things out for you. When He says, “Let me do it, let me do it,” step aside, because with God you will always be a winner.

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- Mags