July 15, 2020 - Beware (be aware) of pride

Pride adversely affects all our relationships—our relationship with God and His servants, between husband and wife, parent and child, employer and employee, teacher and student, and all mankind. Our degree of pride determines how we treat our God and our brothers and sisters. Christ wants to lift us to where He is. Do we desire to do the same for others?

President Ezra Taft Benson, "Beware of Pride", General Conference, April 1989

In this talk by President Benson, he says that pride is so easily seen in others, but rarely seen in ourselves. I mentioned in another thought, that one of my concerns or worries, is that I can't see my own prideful behavior, or I'm not self aware enough to notice it. And...if I don't see it, I can't fix it, no matter how much I want to.

Now, this is not an invitation for anyone reading this to help me "see" or notice where I fall short, to point out my weaknesses, because I'm sure you can see them where I can't or refuse to do so. 😁

For one, that would take a whole lot of time, because I'm sure there are many things. And, two, I don't think I could handle all of that criticism at once. I would take a huge hit to my ego, my pride, as it were. I'm self aware enough to know I need to be more self aware. I guess that's the reason for mortality, to find out what I need to fix, and then fix it. And, hopefully, while I'm fixing those things, I'm not developing entirely new things to fix.

Anyway, I've been thinking a lot about perception. I may see something as blue but you may see it as green, when, in reality, in truth, it's purple. Point is, just because I think I'm right, doesn't mean you're wrong, and vice-versa. Our circumstances, our experience, our knowledge, all factor in to our perception. And we can't see the bigger picture. I can only see through my lens of how things are.

I think perception relates a lot to pride. Pride tells me to be concerned with how wrong someone else may be, or how much they need to correct a certain behavior that I see (or perceive) as incorrect. Pride tells me that I need to make more money than the other guy, or appear as if I do so they'll accept me.

It's a good thing that Someone does see everything. He can see the bigger picture. His view is in no way limited. So why wouldn't I rely on Him and not the arm of flesh? Why wouldn't ask Him where I fall short, or at least, help me see where I'm falling short?

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