Surrender Your Pride.


"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up." - James 4:10 (NIV)


I just knew that I was going to win.

A few years ago, I went to a carnival with a friend. My goal for the night was to win a giant stuffed animal.

I stepped up to a game booth where you had to throw a small ball into a large bucket and get it to stay. Easy enough, right?

The guy in charge of 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 stuffed banana—the prize I was eyeing.

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

Now it was time to do it for real, and I immediately got nervous. Money was on the line, and I really wanted that stuffed 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 two more balls (for a price, of course!), and if we got one more in the bucket, we would get the prize. So we gave it another try.

This time, my friend played the game. He missed the first shot, and I started to get nervous again.

"You have to throw it more gently!" 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.

"I got it," he snapped back with a smirk on his face.

He didn't have it. My friend didn’t get the ball in the bucket, and we walked away without the giant stuffy.

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

"My pride wouldn't let me give you the last ball," he responded.

I can relate to my friend’s statement. He said his pride 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 letting God work things out for me. Pride deceives us into thinking that we can do things better than God, but we can't.

God doesn’t make decisions based on temporary emotions. He’s strategic, thoughtful, and always knows what’s best.

I used to consider myself a go-getter, fueled by a burning desire to build a better future for my family and my family’s family. I told myself that my intentions were pure and selfless.

But I knew deep down that was a lie.

The truth was that I wanted to feel important. I thought that worldly validation would give me purpose and make me feel whole.

But only God can fill the voids in our lives and give us true purpose. This is something I’m still learning today.

We were created to be in an inseparable relationship with the Lord. When we let people and things fill the place in our hearts that was meant for God, we get stressed out, overwhelmed, and anxious.

God desires for us to have peace and rest in Him. He wants us to walk in the fullness of what He has planned for us, but we have to be honest with ourselves and Him.

You may want the world to think you have it all together, but God knows what’s really going on. And He can’t work on those hidden depths if you don’t surrender them to Him.

True strength is leaning on our Heavenly Father who wants to ease all your burdens.

I’ve convinced myself for years that I need to understand situations in order to move forward. That was my pride refusing to let go of the past and forgive.

I don't need to understand everything, and neither do you. Jesus is the answer.

His blood, sacrificed for us, is what makes us whole.

You don’t need all the answers—you need Him. You don’t need to try to “win” in life. With God, you’ve already won.

We all have cracks, places within us that are broken. But cracks are where the light gets in.

Let God mend those broken places with His everlasting light and love. All it takes is for you to surrender your pride.

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- Mags