I can remember when I was young, my mother telling me to be proud of myself for winning a race or achieving a high mark. At other times when I was showing off for the same things my mother would say, ‘people will think you have a big head!’ It is a fine line between being proud of achievements but also humble and not boastful.
During Lent we are focusing on our holiness and becoming all that God has created us to be. What stands in your way of becoming holy?
Our pride can stand in the way of us being all that we can be.
Pride is an overly high opinion of yourself. Pride has consequences.
You may know that you have offended someone, but pride holds you back from asking forgiveness.
You may realize you need to mend a broken relationship, but pride will lead you to deny that.
You may know you are living a sinful lifestyle, but pride will discourage you from admitting it.
Pride will convince you that you deserve better treatment.
Pride will hold you back from serving others.
Instead, pride will have you striving for places of prominence and to be recognized for all you do.
Because of pride we see ourselves through the eyes of the world and through the lens of others’ opinions.
Humility, on the other hand, is pleasing to God and scripture say it places your life in a position where God will honour you.
During Lent we focus on the death and resurrection of Jesus who is the perfect example of humility in laying his life down for the sins of the world and overcoming the power of sin and death for each one of us.
Humility is a foundation for holiness but a very hard virtue to understand, choose and live. It can only be learned through the often-painful circumstances of daily life. Humility is something we all struggle with.
St. Thomas Aquinas said, “Humility means seeing ourselves as God sees us: knowing every good we have comes from Him as pure gift.”
If you want to become more holy this Lent, work on your pride and humbly seek to see yourself only as God sees you!
PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. This Lent forgive me for allowing my pride to stand in the way of seeing myself as you see me. Everything good in me is a gift from you and you know every part of me. Lord, I bravely ask you to teach me humility as I become all that you have created me to be! Amen.