Pride

I’ve had a lot of time to read lately… sounds crazy with 4 kids in tow, right? Well, while I’m nursing Joy Elizabeth, I have some time to soak in some books I’ve had on hold. One of them is Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. First of all, I love his style of writing. I recently read the Chronicles of Narnia series and enjoyed every single book… Lewis paints such beautiful word pictures! Mere Christianity is full of foundational truths of the Christian faith.. truths that step on our toes. This book has been a refreshing wake up call to me. As someone who in the past has “played Christian,” I love his honesty and ease of the realities of life and the importance of the elements in the Christian faith. Today I read about pride. Here is a quote that speaks to me greatly:

“As long as you are proud, you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you.”

May I always strive to look up to my Heavenly Father.

2 Responses to Pride

  • Cris says:

    What a great quote. We all need to be reminded to stay clear of pride.

  • Tava Sofsky says:

    funny because I’ve used a very similar “physical example” of this recently and it has helped me tremendously (as well as other friends I’ve told)… I’ll share it with you if I haven’t already.

    One day last summer, Brian’s father (A faithful man of God) was here at the house. We had been struggling with things that had been bogging me down, personally. I was anxious, worrying about things I shouldn’t have been. We were walking out back in the yard, while the kids were running about playing- and evidently I kept saying, “I…I…I…” (i.e. looking within myself for answers and hope)… Brian’s dad stopped me and physically tipped my chin up to the sky… making me “look up”… he said, “It’s all about HIM… not you… and HE has all your answers… stop looking within yourself and look to God…” Tears welled up in my eyes because I knew he was so right. I tried putting my chin back to normal and he wouldn’t let me… he very caringly said again… “Keep looking up the Lord… stop looking within…” SO now, even today, I share that story with friends who are doing the same thing I did… and it’s just a beautiful (and physical) example that we truly do need to look up to the Lord– to the heavens and remember that IT’s ALL ABOUT HIM… HE IS OUR PROVIDER… HE CARRY’S US… LOOK TO HIM… NOT OURSELVES… THY KINGDOM COME… THY WILL BE DONE… (not ours)!! :))) love you girl. tave