Thursday, February 22 , 2018, 7:13 am | Fair 36º

 
 
 
 
Faith

Jim Langley: Proud Moments of Our Lives

Pride is not an easy topic to take on, but it’s certainly one worthy of discussion. We’ve all had proud moments in our lives. We may be proud of our kids’ accomplishments. It’s even OK to be proud of our own accomplishments.

Where I believe we can easily go wrong is allowing our pride to go from our heart to our head. Once it gets into our heads, we may be setting ourselves up for a great fall!

You probably know people, perhaps co-workers, who you feel have become “a legend in their own mind.” I don’t believe God has any real problem with pride as long as we don’t put ourselves in the throne that needs to be reserved for Him alone.

So tell me, have you ever found yourself being proud of your personal accomplishments? It’s quite natural to take pride in all kinds of things. Pride is fleeting and temporary, and it leaves us vulnerable to be sifted by the Deceiver.

Speaking of Lucifer, that most beautiful of angelic beings might be a good starting point to carry this discussion forward. Pride led to Satan’s fall from Heaven, along with a third of the angels who followed him according to scripture. He wanted to be like God and sit on that throne.

Pride can certainly have the same effect on our lives as well. That’s not to say that every prideful thought will lead to a great fall.

Personally, I’ve experienced prideful periods in my life since becoming a follower of Christ that were appropriately followed by a period of being humbled by my Lord. I’m thankful He cared enough to discipline me in my egocentricity.

Since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, Satan has been in our midst tempting us to take control of the wheel of self-sufficiency. We’d be wise to let Christ have control of our lives.

You may not see anything wrong with self-confidence, but I now know my confidence must come from Christ. Independence seems fine, but interdependence is what God wants from those who follow His Son. As Paul so aptly stated, “I can do everything through Him that strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

What I find interesting is our Heavenly Father being proud of His creation. As a young man, I longed for my earthly father’s approval of my accomplishments on the baseball field. My dad wasn’t very good at handing out compliments. He would constantly focus on a poor at-bat or fielding effort. He set the bar awfully high.

Later in life, I found out just how proud my dad actually was through numerous conversations with friends who knew him in those days.

The good news is our Heavenly Father looks at us through much different eyes and He is proud of us just for realizing that we need Him to come into our lives and take control of what lies ahead. His Holy Spirit not only gives us comfort. He also gives us courage and encourages us to stand fast in what we know pleases Him.

My pride is found in Christ and I trust you will call upon Him from this point forward in all aspects of your business life, your family life and your personal endeavors. Let Christ be your strength this day forward!

Passages to Ponder

» Proverbs 3:25-26

» Proverbs 16:18-20

» Isaiah 13:11

» James 4:6-10

» Revelation 12:3-5

— Jim Langley has been writing for more than 30 years while working as a life and health insurance agent in Santa Barbara. In recent years, his passion has turned to writing about his personal relationship with God, and his goal is to encourage others to draw near to Him as well. As a longtime member of CBMC of Santa Barbara ​(Christian Business Men’s Connection), he started writing Fourth Quarter Strategies columns in 2014, and he now reaches an international audience through the CBMC International devotional Monday Manna. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.



Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >

Meet Your Realtor Sponsored by Village Properties


John Sener
"I am known for tenacity, diligence, honesty, and sound decision making with the ultimate goal of closing every transaction to the satisfaction of all involved parties."

Full Profile >