The Many Faces of Pride
by Mandy B. Anderson
“Everyone loves this next secret. And by loves…I mean loves to hate it.”
The audience gave a nervous giggle as they perked up in their chairs waiting for me to divulge the final secret to persisting that they were waiting to devour. I hesitated momentarily to let the tension build.
“The third secret to persisting when life gets chaotic is…let go of pride.”
The words danced off my lips and slithered around the room. It coiled around the feet of many women and constricted some of their hearts, holding them hostage, threatening to tear down the teachable spirit that was lingering in the room. I could see it plain as day. The enemy didn’t want this topic to be discussed; he hated the fact that the spotlight was shining on this deadly characteristic.
He hates that You’re reading about it right now. In fact, chances are he’s whispering to you these very words –
“You don’t have Pride. This article certainly isn’t for you – but it’s perfect for Prideful Polly down the street.”
Nobody wants to admit that Pride exists in their own hearts. That’s why we love to hate this secret to persisting. It hurts, so we ignore it and pretend it’s not there. Yet the Overcomer knows that letting go of Pride is vital to her victory. So if there’s even a tiny bit of that Overcomer spirit in you, I urge you to keep reading and let this truth slice through the lies hidden in your own heart.
Truth: We all carry Pride from time to time. Even me. In fact, two weeks after I spoke to those women from the stage, I noticed it creeping up in my own heart and flying out of my mouth before I knew what hit me. Pride is sneaky like that. It requires us to be alert and constantly guarding our hearts.
Truth: Pride looks shiny from far away, but up close it is nothing but a cheap imposter. It makes you think you are being confident when really you are working overtime to hide the insecurities that creep up every hour.
Truth: Pride deceives you. More than anyone else, it deceives YOU because it’s hard to identify it in your own life. Pride doesn’t want to look in the mirror; it would much rather be the one holding the mirror and pointing the finger.
So how do we overcome it? I’m so glad you asked!
We overcome by becoming aware that it exists, and then we make new choices. We choose to be vulnerable. We choose to look in the mirror and take a gut-honest assessment of our own thoughts, habits, and actions. Only then can we identify where Pride has crept in.
Pride has many faces. It is…
- Dishonors others
- Thrives on self-pity
- Thrives on attention
- Not humble
- Tears others down
- Constantly compares
The list goes on, but you get the point. Pride is ugly and grimy. Girls, it’s time we let go of this thing that we’ve all been hiding behind!
Why? Because it is time to rise up and answer the battle cry of vulnerable authenticity! Your life has a purpose! There are people who need you! And if you can’t let go of your pride, you WILL NOT persist, you WILL NOT overcome, and they will be directly affected by it.
YOU will be directly affected by it.
Take this training to heart. Look in the mirror and get clear on what needs to change in your heart.
Choose to be persistent no matter what. Let go of Pride and Be Vulnerably Authentic.