BOX UP YOUR PRIDE AND PUT IT AWAY

What’s up with all the pride these days? If you don’t believe me, look around you. Everyone is all about themselves and what’s in it for me and when can I get it – especially now, with this whole social media revolution. What ever happened to what’s in it for you and how can I help?

How much different would things look if we boxed up our pride and put it away? If we started focusing not inward but outward? Would this not be a game changer? What do you think we could do as a nation or as a world? I would bet that together we could make some pretty monstrous shifts and changes, but that’s just me.

Instead, we focus on ourselves and our own personal agendas and social statuses. We build up our own kingdoms, push people away, and crave self. And now with social media these days, this has gotten totally out of control.

I think pride can be a positive thing when it is directed away from self, but when it is directed at self it becomes a monster that swallows us up. Nobody wants to be swallowed up by a monster.

About 9 months ago I had to put away my pride after going through some of the toughest times of my life, having a business fail, and getting smacked in the face by reality. After it all went down, I learned allot, boxed up my pride, and moved on as a changed man.

It’s time that we humble ourselves, come together, and start making serious game changes. Not that changes aren’t happening already because they are. You can see companies embracing new strategies, taking on social responsibility, people coming together, movements being built, and the list goes on and on.

There is still one problem. This thing we call pride.

Here are 4 facts about pride:

1. Pride in oneself will get you know where, but broken, lost, and lonely.

Who wants to be broken, lost, and lonely? What a crappy place to be. I’ve been there. It’s sad, it sucks, and it happens because of pride. You can avoid all this if you want, just box up your pride and put it away, it’s that easy.

2. Pride will suck the life out of you, your family, and the ones around you.

The more you build up yourself and your pride, the more you will see and feel the life being sucked right out of you, your family, and the ones around you. It is not a great feeling, I can tell you that. Ask anyone you know who’s had the life sucked out of them and humbled by God. There better after, but while it’s happening it’s horrible.

3. When you take to much pride in yourself, you lose sight of others.

Life is not about you. Life is and should be about others. You see people who focus on themselves, and after awhile they completely lose sight of those around them. The people who were once there, are no where to be found. What happened to them? They gave up on you. I mean, who wants to be around a person that only talks about themselves.

Stop, box up your pride, and put it away. You really don’t need it. At first it will feel weird, but after awhile, you won’t even miss it. And one last thing, wherever you store it, make sure it’s far away because it could creep up on you.

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Discussion Question: Have you taken time to box up your pride and put it away? What effects might your pride be having on you?