This past Sunday in Relief Society, we were discussing pride and how truly harmful this is. Sometimes a talk hits you harder than others and this was one of those talks.
Now, we all know I’m Type A. I am extremely self-aware in this aspect. Buzzfeed recently posted an article titled, “28 Problems Every Type-A Person Will Understand.” I’ll skip to some of the most relevant points to this post.
The desire for competition and to win is insatiable in me. My husband can absolutely attest to this. Now, it’s not completely intentional. It’s just who I am.
However, after Sunday, I know that talk on pride was meant for me. President Ezra Taft Benson said that,
Pride is characterized by ‘What do I want out of life?’ rather than by ‘What would God have me do with my life?’ It is self-will as opposed to God’s will. It is the fear of man over the fear of God.
When I read this statement I was blown away. Of course! I was putting my selfish needs and fear of judgment over what my Heavenly Father would want. I can assure you people were not meant to behave like this.
President Benson goes on to say,
Humility responds to God’s will—to the fear of His judgments and to the needs of those around us. To the proud, the applause of the world rings in their ears; to the humble, the applause of heaven warms their hearts.
Being humble is reiterated in the scriptures. In Doctrine and Covenants 112:10 it says, “Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall leadthee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers.”
This is something Heavenly Father knows that I, along with most people, need to work on. We all have some sort of pride and pride can only limit progression. You could sacrifice relationships, experiences and happiness by allowing pride to prevent you from enjoying these things. Don’t let pride stop you. Do not allow it to dictate how you interact with the world and with your Heavenly Father.
I know this is something I will be working on. I invite you all to self-evaluate.
Share your feelings with me. I’d love to hear if you think it’s a problem, and how you’d handle it. Can’t wait to hear from you!