Thanksgiving found my extended family, gathered around a table, complaining about pretty much anything and everything.
Kind of funny, in a totally this-is-not-very-funny sort of way.
We were sitting around the table, eating the traditional turkey and mashed potatoes and stuffing and all, and I've gotta admit it: I was feeling very self-righteous. As I watched my extended family complain about stuff, I got this feeling of "well, I don't know about you guys, but I've been thanking God for random things ALL DAY TODAY, so you could all learn a lesson from me, honestly."
Let me tell you: there is nothing that quenches a thankful heart like pride does.
Pride, the little idiot. I have never known a single soul, other than God, that has not been prideful, some time or another. Don't be offended by the fact that I've included each of you in the crowd of prideful humans, because it's not something that any of us are exempt from.
When you're on the path of righteousness and following God, it's so easy to look around you and become proud. "Hey, look at me! You're all wallowing in your bondage, but I'm being really faithful to God!" Admit it: you probably haven't thought those words exactly, but there is a pretty huge chance that you've thought some form of them, at some time. Or maybe you've been on the opposite extreme, being proud by giving yourself too much credit - "I'm so bad that God could never forgive me; I'm the worst person on earth!" - like I said, giving yourself wayyyyy too much credit.
I've been on both ends of the spectrum, to be honest.
Warrior, you're fighting the fight so well...please, don't let pride creep in and bring you down. When you're struggling against bondage, it's so easy to put yourself down in a proud attempt to be falsely humble. When you're free, it's so easy to look down on others for not pursing freedom like you are. And there is no freedom-stealer like pride...
As I write this, my heart twists, because I know that I have been dealing with all different kinds of pride. I am not exempt from what I described several paragraphs above; I'm fighting this, too. We're all in on this. We're all warriors. And as I pray that God will continue to purge any sort of pride from my soul, please - pray that He will do the same for you, too.
I really want you to live in freedom. I really, really do.