Thursday, September 22, 2011

What's the biggest hindrance to you growing?

PRIDE.

How do I know this?  Because it's the biggest hindrance to my personal growth too, of course.

Your biggest hindrance is not your schedule, your husband, your wife, your kids, your lack of money, your boss, your pastor, your extended family, your skills or lack thereof.

The biggest hindrance to anyone's growth is pride.

Pride says, "I know that already."
Humility says, "Even if I know it already, it's always good to be reminded again."

Humility never minds reminders.
Pride chafes against reminders and thinks, "what do they think I am?  A novice?  Stupid?  Clueless?"

I always know when I'm working with someone in the church  or coaching someone outside the church who is simply not ready for my investment into their life.  When I try to teach them something they quickly pipe up and say things like, "Yeah, I know."
"I already know that."
"I've been told that before."
"This is old news to me."


Usually with such a person I know nothing I say or do is going to make any difference until they drop their pride.

Do I ever have someone invest in my life who tells me something I already heard before?  Of course.  What is my thought on that when it's happening?  "God must want me to hear this again for some reason.  Thank you Lord, for this reminder, and thank you for putting the person in my life who is taking time to invest in me."

"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."  Proverbs 16:18

2 comments:

Miss Mollie said...

Yep, that's my problem,too, lately. I've been praying about it. A post to enrich my life. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I will be putting this in my daly reading thank you !