None of us want to believe we ever think ourselves as better than anyone else. Until…
until someone plunges ahead of us in the checkout line,
until the vehicle on our right doesn’t yield to us at the 4-way stop,
until someone else’s meal is delivered before we get ours,
until someone with body odor sits down next to us in the doctor’s office,
until someone cuts us off in traffic,
until we are offended by any number of things that give us the false impression that we are better than someone else….that our rights should take precedence, that we deserve better treatment we are receiving, that we would never treat another the way we are being treated, that our space is being invaded, our opinions are ignored, our ideas unappreciated. Then…
…then, if we are very still and open up ourselves to the inspection and illumination of our own self-centeredness, we find seeds of conceit. Tiny little every-day germs of thought whisper to our ego: we are better than that or them or him or her. We are due more consideration. Our time is a bit more valuable. Our dreams are a bit more important. Our schedules, appointments, or needs are a smidge more necessary. We worked hard all day, when hubby comes home, we deserve a break from the kids–even though he’s worked hard all day to provide for us and our children. We emptied the trash twice this week. It’s her turn. We worked hard all day. Why should we help her peel potatoes? We go to church, follow Christ, tithe, sacrifice our time for the needs of others, and give to missions. Why is that godless person being blessed so much? I worked just as hard as he did, why did he get the promotion? Conceit.
It’s that nagging tease in the back of our minds that constantly tries to place itself in the forefront of our emotions and reason. It dresses up in pretty colors and thinks itself a tad brighter than the next person. It silently wonders why others don’t walk, talk, act and dress like they do. Yet, the Bible says:
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 (NIV)
PRAYER: Oh, Lord. Give us eyes to see the truth in our hearts. Give us a clear view into our very soul, sanctify us. Draw us closer to Your purity and holiness that we many not sin against You.