Pride vs. humility

My wife and I see it all the time – She in her marriage counseling and I in my leadership coaching. Those who humble themselves enough to seek help have a much better chance of success and happiness.  The more mature among us are smart enough to realize that the storms of life and relationships are not meant to be struggled through alone.  It is usually those who seek out coaching, counseling and prayer support who grow in confidence and success and mature emotionally and spiritually. As Proverbs indicates, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”  The wise author of Ecclesiastes (4:9-12) tells of how two men can withstand adversity far better than one!  The Apostle Paul knew that and surrounded himself with trusted advisors and helpers, such as Luke and Timothy.  The great Apostle Peter realized his personal limitations when he realized his personal faith was weak and called out to Christ to save him from the stormy waters.  What storms are you facing?  Are you confident and mature enough in your faith to seek help, or is misplaced pride standing in your way?  God has provided resources -Prayer partners, coaches, counselors, small group members, Christian friends and neighbors.  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find…” (Matthew 7:7-8).  Don’t allow misplaced pride to stand in the way of a happier marriage, a more fulfilling job, more satisfying relationships, support during trying times, leadership growth, depression, doubts, pain…  There is no shame in asking for help. The shame is in our prideful arrogance in rejecting the resources God has provided.  “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.” (Proverbs 11:2)  “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12)

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