12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
Haughty and in Hot Water
In the last several years there have been many high-profile stories out of politics. Granted, that sentence could have been written at any time in modern history.
What I am speaking of, specifically, are politicians who thought they were above reproach. Most called themselves committed Christians. Many of these were caught with prostitutes, girlfriends (other than their wives, of course), or sharing pictures (of their own body parts or other women/men).
They were caught for the very reason they thought they could get away with it: they thought too highly of themselves. Most these men lost their positions and even careers over these scandals. Most people could care less about these men today.
Humble and Honored
Now look at the other side.
Mother Teresa never held a public office. In fact, she spent the majority of her time with sick, injured, and societal rejects. She never considered anyone beneath her or less important. She put most people ahead of herself.
When she died in 1997, many millions of people mourned and remembered her. Many people called for her immediate beatification by the Catholic Church. She is still remembered well by over a billion people.
You and Me
Our pride can only lead to problems in our life. If left to continue unabated, our pride will lead to our separation from God after this life.
If we humble ourselves, confess our sinfulness and need for Jesus Christ, God is the One who will honor us.
every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” (Luke 18:14)
Faithful Father, teach us true humility. Help us to seek You above ourselves.