The other day I had the opportunity to fly over the city of Blanco on my first ‘powered parachute’ ride. Blanco resident Bob Johnson takes his flying machine up into the skies with willing participants from time to time, and so my wife and I took our turns into the wild blue wonder. As Bob and I were flying, we spotted two ducks carrying a stick. Each duck had one end of the stick in it’s mouth and in the center of the stick a frog, with it’s mouth, was holding on for it’s life. Bob said, “What a great way for the frog to travel from pond to pond. I wonder which one of them thought of that?” The frog said, “I diiiiiiiid.” I’m not sure, but I think Bob will vouch for this story.
Problems often begin when we become consumed with who gets the credit instead of being concerned with accomplishing the goal at hand. The Bible states, “pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling” (Proverbs 16:18). This ancient proverb has proven itself true countless times in every arena of life. There are several reasons why we need to avoid this type of attitude.
When an arrogant or haughty spirit develops, a person has the tendency to forget about meeting the overall goal. When the goal of the team or organization is set aside for one member’s self promotion, the purpose suffers. In the New Testament, we read of one named Diotrephes, whom, the apostle John said, “loves to be first among them” (III John 9). In doing so, he hurt the purpose of Christ.
The arrogant spirit also promotes satisfaction, and instead of staying hungry and wanting to grow, a person becomes complacent. Let us, like Paul who said, “not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on...”, continue to strive for what we ought to be (Philippians 3:12).
This haughty spirit will also cause one to be unaware of pitfalls that may befall them. A sense of being invulnerable lends itself to foolish choices. Paul said, “let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (I Corinthians 10:12).
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