May 2019 – The Price of Pride
Read Together: He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding. The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:32-33
The story is told of a frog who wanted to travel over the top of a tall mountain from a pond he’d grown up in and learned to hate to be a beautiful lake on the other side of the peak. One day as the frog watched an eagle soar high above the clouds; the frog had a brilliant idea. “If I could just get that eagle to hold a piece of string in his talons, I can hold the other end of the string in my mouth. He could fly me to the other side.” The eagle agreed to the frog’s plan. Away they went, hundreds of feet above the Rocky Mountain slopes, soaring to the other side where the big, sparkling lake lay just a few hundred yards away. As the frog hung on to the string by his teeth for the last minute of his ride, he heard someone below exclaim, “Wow, look at that. What a great idea! I wonder who thought of that.”
The prideful frog couldn’t resist the opportunity to brag and opened his mouth to boast, “I diiiiiiid. Splat!
Poor frog. He just couldn’t resist telling people how smart he was. Reminds me of myself sometimes and I want to kick myself for it. How about you? Is pride ever a problem? If so, today’s devotion study may be just what the doctor ordered.
Discussion Starters: When you’re complimented or commended for something you did well, how does it make you feel? Who really deserves the credit for any good we do here on earth.
Lifeline: Next time someone tells you what a great job you did, give the glory to God. You’ll feel wonderful!
Blessings Always, (Numbers 6:24-26)
Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Foster, III.