Posted by: Lindsey Albertson | June 21, 2009

PRIDE

Pride: a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc. A becoming or dignified sense of what is due to oneself or one’s position or character

So things have been going well here in Louisville with the new HOPE team. One of my favorite times of the week is when we do community outreach in our neighborhood. The simple of idea of getting to know and love on those who live on the same street as you…who woulda thunk it? The Lord has definitely blessed us in the ways that people have opened up and how friendships are already forming on our street. And for this I am extremely thankful.

If I sat here and told you all of the things that have happened in the last week you would sit here and say, “That’s great” or “How nice”…and it is. But the thing that you don’t see is the sin that gets in the way.
Recently I have seen numerous times how easily pride sneaks into my life unnoticed or seen. Most of the time it goes unnoticed by others, but lingers in my heart. And this my friends is what makes it so dangerous, even deadly. People often say that we are “nice people”. And without thinking, my automatic response is, “Why yes I am”. It even happens when no one says anything. I give a lady a ride to the hospital because I wanted to serve her and then my pride shows up and says, “Wow. I’m nice. Everyone look at what I just did.”

Some people may think that this is no big deal, but it is. It is dangerous because it silently begins to separate me from God. I begin to be about my glory; not the Lord’s. My motives and heart are something that I need to constantly keep in check and have someone else keeping me accountable to. I have to remind myself of who I am and why I am here.

All of this to say, that I need your prayers. It is a battle. And I definitely need help in fighting it. Thank God that He is big enough to use us despite our sin.

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