Pride is a hideous and insidious disease. Unlike most other diseases, the person who is affected is unaware that they are afflicted, though it is painfully obvious to those around them.
Another problem with pride is that it leads to many other, equally negative flaws: envy, jealousy, resentment, strife, hate, conceit, condescension, self-importance, self-righteousness, just to name a few.
It is easy to note by looking at the spelling that "I" is at the center of pride. It is equally easy to observe in daily life that "I" is at the center of pride. Usually one does not have to listen long before recognizing that an individual is full of himself. Someone once quipped, "A person wrapped up in himself makes a very small package."
Here are a few of the warnings the Proverb writer offers us: "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." "When pride comes, then comes disgrace." "Where there is strife, there is pride." The New Testament reminds us that God resists the proud.
A couple of quick suggestions on how to deal with pride; think about others, their feelings and their needs and put them before yourself. Most importantly put God first in all things.
Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.