This is a tough subject. We all struggle with being prideful I think, to some degree. It is a quality that I have tried to teach to my children and emulate. But it can be really hard. Humility is on God’s list of obedience. He requires it of us. Jesus was an excellent role model for this quality. And it should be a part of every Christian’s learning and roots.
So…I did some research. I found this website and post that really spoke to me: (link to the site in purple, Britton’s words in blue)
God says when you are humble, you are free from pride and arrogance. You know that in your flesh you are inadequate, yet you also know who you are in Christ.
Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. (1 Peter 5:5)
Godly humility is being comfortable with who you are in the Lord and therefore putting others first. The picture of humility in the Bible is one of a strong person who loves others, not someone who is a wimp.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)
Although we should avoid self-pride, godly humility does not mean we should pretend we are unaware of the gifts God has given us. The key is to remember that they are from God.
Although I am less than the least of all of God’s people, this grace was given to me: to preach to the gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. (Ephesians 3:8)
These explanations helped me. My artwork is a place where I have pride. My children are another. I have wondered if I was too pride-full. But these verses are helping point me in the right direction. It is okay that I am excited about the talent and ideas God gives me. (And truly, I often am not in control and He is working the brush!) It is okay that I am satisfied with my children and their accomplishments, because I know that it is God who leads my parenting, who gave them to me, and who gave them their talents. But I also realize that none of my artwork or my children are perfect, I realize they could be better, I realize that we cannot attain perfection, it is impossible. I realize that we cannot control every thing and every outcome.
When we get in trouble is when pride is synonymous with these words: vanity, condescension, disdain, pompous, patronizing, superiority, pretension, egotistical, haughty, conceited. Yuck. Those words all put a bad taste in my mouth and creepy crawlies on my neck. Each brought up a memory of a person or situation that could be described perfectly by those words, and I could remember how I felt instantly. I don’t want to be associated with those words.
So I will continue to pray for humility in all things.
Side note: I made the art with stamps I carved from erasers and acrylics. I was playing and getting ready for an art class lesson and several artworks came out that I will share more this week.