My friend, may I ask you a question? Would God let you and I be saddled with arrogance? Is this one piece of luggage God hates? Does God doesn’t so dislike it or disapprove of it that He’s unfavorably disposed toward it?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

My son Dan and I like to backpack and one of the joys of packing is doing it with one of our dogs. Jubee, our lab, and Annie, our rescue dog, have gone with us from time to time. Recently we purchased backpacks for the dogs–a 25-pound “Pooch” pack and a 10-pound one. We took Annie on a trip not long ago and when we got out the “Pooch” packs and debated for a moment if I should try the 25-pound pack on Annie, even though she was the smaller dog. It didn’t take but a moment to change my mind. Draped over her back it touched the ground and would have been far too heavy. With Annie, the 10-pounder was the only choice.

Similarly, when it comes to pride, how does God “outfit” you and I?

Here’s a story from author, Max Lucado: “I had retreated to a nearby town to work on this book. I’d gone to a cafe for breakfast when I noticed that people were staring at me. As I parked, two fellows turned and looked in my direction. A woman did a double take as I entered, and several patrons looked up as I passed. When I took my seat, the waitress gave me a menu but not before she’d given me a good study. Why the attention? After some thought I . . . assumed they recognized me from my book jackets . . . And, I shrugged to myself, they know a good author when they see one. When I walked to the cash register, the heads turned again . . . The woman who took my money started to say something but then paused . . . It was only when I stopped in the rest room that I saw the real reason for the attention–a ribbon of dried blood on my chin (from a morning shaving nick) . . . So much for feeling famous . . . Oh, the things God does to keep us humble.” (Max Lucado)

As I wouldn’t set a heavy pack on the back of little Annie, would God let you and I be saddled with arrogance? No. This is one piece of luggage God hates. He doesn’t dislike it or disapprove of it. and, He’s not unfavorably disposed toward it. Simply, He hates it. What a meal of maggots does for our stomach, human pride does for God’s. When it comes to outfit- ting us for pride, you can count on God to choose correctly. He always knows what we shouldn’t be carrying.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)

We pray. Lord we are so easily disposed to the sin of pride, even arrogance. All it takes is the slightest little notice by someone and we begin feeling good about who we are, what we are doing and how we look doing it. Before you know it, we find ourselves deep in love with ourselves, even overcome with a total feeling of contentment and pride. Pride is thinking of ourselves first and others second. It is the sin that You despise the most. Forgive us when we are disposed to thinking about ourselves, blind to the real reasons others might be paying attention to us. May we always keep a good summary of our faults in life, willing to add another and another at a moments notice. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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