Pride is a funny thing isn’t it? Life teaches us that we should be proud of our achievements, but for so many Christians the word ‘pride’ has a sense of doing things in our own strength, not recognising where God is at work and taking the glory ourselves.
So is Pride always bad? For example I might say to my children, ‘I am so proud of you’ when they do something particularly well or act in a loving way, or one might say ‘take pride in what you do’, meaning, I think, to give things one’s all, and to do ones best, so that we can feel we have done a good job (or something to be proud of…) But… at what point does pride in something one has achieved become ‘prideful’ or too proud?
As a Christian I look for God in all that I do, and I recognise the talents that he has given me, so if I do something well it is something to be proud of, but also something to give God glory for… I don’t mean in a false way, (I wrote about the difficulty of accepting compliments a while back) but in my heart I know where my talents have come from and so I feel joy that I have achieved something using those talents I have been given. does that make sense?
My experience is that the more evangelical view is of Pride as being something we should avoid, but I think I would challenge that, so long as we recognise where our pride should be directed. Love to know others thoughts on this…