Pride?


My friend, may I ask you a question? When it seemed right to us when we start out; but, in the end, what seemed right, colored by my pride, results in hardship, sorrow, even worse, is it just a foolish mistake that keeps us from getting it right, or is it all a matter of foolish pride?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

“I just know that I am right about this! I’m certain that I didn’t make a mistake. I know I’m right!” I stared at the milky substance sloshing inside the plastic container. It seemed to me that I had, perhaps, added insufficient water to the mix of potent insecticides. As I screwed the sprayer together I continued to play with the doubt but reassured myself that “any fool could mix this stuff. Strapping the contraption over my shoulder, I headed out to the apple orchard, armed for battle. I gave them all I had, the whole container of sloshing, milky, smelly poison. As I looked back over the orchard, the apple tree leaves shown in the sun, reflecting the concocted mix of water and poison that now lay on their leaves. I was satis- fied the foe had been vanquished and my initial doubts were stilled. Leaving for work the following morning, I glanced over at my orchard once more, just to view my field of conquest. You could tell where the deadly poison had been so efficiently sprayed as each area of infestation on the trees had turned brown overnight; too much pride–too little water.

Boy, it seemed right to me when I started out; but, in the end, what seemed right to me was colored by my pride.

Here’s a story: A U.S. Air Force transport plane with its captain and 5 crew members was flying over Alaska in the mid- 50s when they entered an unusually fierce snowstorm. The navigator contacted an air base only to be told that he had veered several hundred miles off course. Correct coordinates were given to the navigator, who continued to insist that his own calculations could not be that far off. Soon the plane ran low on fuel. The six men decided to abandon the plane and parachute to safety, but because of the -70 degree Fahrenheit temperature and winds that gusted to 50 mph, they were all frozen within minutes of hitting the ground. When a rescue team discovered and retrieved the bodies 3 days later they reflected on the result of the navigator's pride: 6 people went to their deaths because of one man’s pride. (Dave McPherson)

Proverbs 12:15 states “The way of the fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.” The results may not always be so dramatic, but each of us must be careful to seek the counsel of God and wise individuals before making decisions of lasting significance. A good rule of thumb is when we are absolutely certain that what we are doing is the RIGHT thing, and there is little doubt in our minds that we have TAKEN a wrong turn, it is probably time to stop and examine the course we are on. Any fool can make mistakes, but it takes a special kind of fool, a prideful one, to take a mistake and translate it into folly. My trees eventually recovered but there was no fruit at the Brunner house that summer.

We pray. Heavenly Father, What man or woman can truly understand pride? Who can truly see the extent that pride has infiltrated his or her life? How can I ever see the extent that the choices I make have been influenced by pride? Without receiving your wisdom, I will shove your agenda out of the way. Without receiving your wisdom, I will be an instrument to wound other people. Without awareness of what I am allowing, I am doomed to experience regret.Thank you for your forgiveness, compassion, and mercy. Thank you for cleansing my sins and for opening my eyes to see.We ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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