Remember People More Mature Than You Have Fallen

The first phrase is tragically sobering; the second is refreshingly true. People I have looked up to have failed catastrophically, and people I would have considered unlikely have come from behind. The difference? One fed their pride. The other embraced humility.


The shortest way to failure is to believe we cannot fail. The shortest way to victory is to properly acknowledge and deal with our failures.

The shortest way to failure is to believe we cannot fail. The shortest way to victory is to properly acknowledge and deal with our failures.

But none of this is possible without an encounter with God.

Unless we encounter the perfectly Holy and Almighty God, we will never see our pride or understand humility.

At its root, pride is an improper view of ourselves based on an improper view of God. It is thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought (Romans 12:3). You would think a candle is bright if all you know is a dark room, but that same candle is nothing if you have seen the sun. At best, you and I may be a candle, at worst the dark room, but never in a lifetime the sun.

Consider these true statements that God has graciously given to us:

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,” 1 Peter 5:6

These words can radically shape our lives. Encountering God can make us see that, on our own, we are not the “good person” so many might kindly say we are. Encountering God can also make us see that, with His power, we can be forgiven of our sin and restored. And while we may only be a candle with a flame that is not our own, we do have a purpose: to bring the light to the darkness.

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Keep your eyes on Christ! (Hebrews 12:1-2)