When Pride Isn't the Loudest Voice in The Room.
Pride isn't always big and grand or loud. And I think this subtle kind has to be the worst. It's the kind that makes me see her mismatched eyebrows before I see her. It's also the kind that makes me hang on so much to the error in the order of his words, that I end up missing the point of what he was saying.
Sharp, critical tongue.
That's what Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth calls it. On some days I call it telling it as it is, on other days I sandwich it between cozy good words. But that's like handing someone a blade sandwich; nicely cushioning the blades between bread doesn't make it less cruel. A sharp, critical tongue is one way to show pride, but there's also the habit of interrupting people mid-speech, the need to control outcomes, and whole list you can self-diagnose against.
I haven't quite nailed it yet, so this isn't a here's my "victory over pride" self-help post. But here's where I am now, and what's been working.
I encourage you to check out Nancy's full list of evidences of pride here. Listening to her talk about it on revive our hearts, really made me reflect on my life, even after all I thought I'd learned about myself.
Do you have something to add to this list, something that helps you stay humble maybe? Let's hear it in the comments!
Until next time,