Sneak Peak of Devotional: Pride

I had a dream where I was in a competition with about fifteen other girls. The competition was made up of a series of mini games. Whoever won the most games would be the winner overall. There was a girl in the competition that did not like me and we were each other’s rivals. It was difficult to even be nice to one another plus we felt we had to be better than the other one. If either one of us didn’t win the competition then we at least had to have more points than the other one did.

The competition started and the first event was very easy for me; I won it hands down. The competition lasted all day and we played mini game after mini game. Then the last game was at hand. The purpose of this event was to get an object that was at the bottom of the pool. There were about fifteen of us girls that lined up around a fairly small pool. The buzzer went off and we all jumped in. I closed my eyes as I plunged in the water because there were just too many of us and I was worried that someone, including myself, would get hurt. When I opened my eyes under water, I saw my rival holding the object in her hand. She had won! Then I noticed that another competitor had been knocked unconscious by all the commotion. This girl was lying motionless at the bottom of the pool next to my rival, but my rival didn’t even notice her at all. It didn’t seem like anyone saw her.

I swam over to her as fast as I could and scooped her up in my arms. I took her to the surface and called for assistance from one of my family members who had been cheering for me. My family member was able to help me get her out of the water. As soon as I handed her off I knew that by saving the girl it was a bigger accomplishment than my rival winning the whole competition. I would end up getting all the glory and be remembered in the event. My rival, on the other hand, would be forgotten and no one would remember that she had won. I was very excited that I had “one-upped” my opponent like I did. The pride was so rooted within me that it brought out the worst in me.

The girl who had been knocked out became conscious. She got up to give me a hug of gratitude. As she was hugging me, I saw all these reporters, photographers, and cameramen taking pictures and filming us. My ego instantly got big and I wanted them to get my picture with the girl’s back facing them as we hugged. Just as I got done thinking that, the girl said to me, “I want them to get your picture because you saved me.”
I covered up my arrogance and said, “Oh no, you need to be in the picture too.” I turned her around and we both faced the cameras as they flashed all around us. Then I woke up.

Interpretation: The Lord shared with me that hidden pride and arrogance is really bad. It can start out as a small seed and grow from there. At the beginning, my pride/arrogance started with my rival. That is where the small seed of pride was planted and began to grow. Then it grew bigger and by the time I was given the “opportunity” to save someone it had taken over and was dominating my thoughts. I was covering it up at the end and lied to hide it.

Pride is so destructive, sneaky, and grows like a weed, just like it grew progressively in my dream. It has to be taken care of. Ask God today if you have any pride or arrogance in your life. Ask God where it started from. It is time to pluck that weed of pride out of the garden of your heart.

Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.
– Proverbs 16:18 (NLT)

Plow up the hard ground of your hearts! Do not waste your good seed among thorns. O People of Judah and Jerusalem, surrender your pride and power. Change your hearts before the Lord, or my anger will burn like an unquenchable fire because of all your sins.
– Jeremiah 4:3b-4 (NLT)

The people’s wickedness and pride have blossomed to full flower.
– Ezekiel 7:10b (NLT)

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