Don’t be PROUD…be …THANKFUL. Some years ago, my older brother and I were talking about the “art of prayer.” I have a very involved and sophisticated form of prayer; a bit on the traditional and formal side. That’s just me. He, on the other hand… was not too keen on prayer, or much of it. He…to my surprise, said… “when I pray, I mostly just say…Thank you God.”
W-O-W, I thought…not much to that. But, like many military veterans who had the experience of Viet Nam behind them, and the effects of it…facing them and their families… every single day… they seem to have lost a “bit of something… between the for and the aft.
Then… some years later…I began to think… maybe he was not that far off center. He was thanking God; and I was asking God… far more than thanking him. I think we both have amended our prayer habits since that time frame… him… coming closer to my way, and me…going closer towards his.
Either way, I believe…God can, and will, deal with our short-comings. When we add a sense of being too PROUD to this equation, then too often, we get so caught up in ourselves; as to where we’re going, where we want to go, and where we’ve been….and how did we get to these places; and what our next move is going to be… towards the great ladder of success….
And also, a successful relationship with God.
In small company environments; it’s not that hard to find the “proud and conceited.” And, while we might get a bit PROUD…no one is paying that much attention. In larger corporations …we can, and often do…get TOO PROUD of our accomplishments, to the point of boasting as to how great we are. Should that be the case, then there is always someone, or circumstance, that will cut us down to size… but we remain, still…enchanted with our pride.
Being PROUD interferes with being THANKFUL. I know… I’ve been there. The two don’t seem to mix very well. We all, probably, could work a little harder on being more THANKFUL and less prideful. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 2 Timothy 2:15 – Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.