Friday, October 16, 2009

If it weren't for my pride, I would probably be perfect

Okay so just kidding on the title. I have a lot more faults than just my pride. In fact I can relate all too well to this prayer I recently found in a 1999 conference talk:

"Dear God,

So far today I have done all right. I haven't gossiped, haven't lost my temper, haven't been greedy, nasty, selfish, or overly indulgent. But in a few minutes, Lord, I am going to get out of bed, and from then on, I am probably going to need a lot more help."

I thought that was cute, although probably a bit too real. :-)

This week in seminary we have been learning about pride. I had the students rank themselves between 1-10 on how prideful they thought they were. After our discussion, and watching the seminary video, I think everyone ranked themselves higher.

The discussion was based on President Benson's talk on Pride where he defines pride as "enmity". And "enmity" is defined as "hostility, hatred and opposition". So, anytime we are in opposition to, or feel hatred or hostility towards someone, we are manifesting pride.

So with that as the definition, not only are we proud when we look down at someone, but we are also being prideful when we covet, gossip, argue with, are disobedient to, insist on it being done our way, worry more about what people think than what God thinks, and refuse to forgive--just for starters.

Hmmmm. Okay. So I guess I have a few prideful items to repent of. Or . . . I could just spend the weekend in bed. :-)

May you all have a humble weekend!


Carolyn said...

I trip and fall over my pride every day. I wish I were better but I guess that's why I'm still here. To learn that lesson.

Thanks for the reminder to watch where I step. :)

Shannon said...

A weekend in bed sounds easier, but probably not as good for me. Here's to doing better tomorrow!

Becky said...

One of the best talks ever given in conference. Pride is something we all have to keep in the forefront of our mind.

JUST ME, THE MOM said...

Sounds like me exactly - I have such great intentions every single day, and then I get out of bed and it all goes to pieces :)