(November 7, 2014)
Each of us like to think that we are smart, or strong, or this or that, but regardless of how true that is none of us are capable of surviving a day in this world without the Lord’s help. In driving to work today, I could easily have been killed by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or if someone else had been in the wrong place at the wrong time. No amount of intelligence or talent or capacity could have saved me.
When we are proud of our abilities or characteristics, we are left to the success we can generate with those abilities and characteristics. At best what we generate, under those circumstances, are toxic imitations of positive things. At worst, we find ourselves immediately flailing and facing our own destruction.
We have to rely on the Lord – there is no other valid choice that we can make. Unfortunately, it is difficult for each of us to remember that when our pride rears its ugly head.