25 years ago, we lived in a tiny house–an adorable little house across from a park. The closets were so small, that an average hanger wouldn’t fit. And so, we had to hang our clothes on an angle. We didn’t have a linen closet, so instead we used a drawer. We had one drawer for all of our towels, our sheets, and our dish clothes. I couldn’t possibly fit another bath towel in that little drawer. So what did I do? I took the old ratty ones out and put the pretty ones in. There wasn’t room for both.
In the same way, there isn’t room in the Christian heart for both humility and pride. The Bible says that God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. If we hope to be Christ-like we need to take out every ratty trace of pride to make room for humility. We need to choose humility every time pride rears it’s ugly head and tries to take space in our heart.
Do you know why pride is so bad? It’s destructive. Look at two people who refuse to admit they are wrong, and see how healthy that relationship is. Humility, on the other hand, binds, it unites, and it draws others close. It trades the “me” way of thinking for “we.” Humility doesn’t cast a shadow on others, it steps aside so that God can shine bright.
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Tilling the Soil
Read Proverbs Chapter 16.
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18, NIV)
Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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