Preventing Pride

“Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.  Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.” Psalm 2:10-11

I once heard a true story about a pastor concerned with the potential to become prideful. To keep himself in check, he requested a certain task to be reserved for him alone at church: cleaning the men’s bathroom.

The years passed, and he wrote books and spoke around the world; yet every week he found the cleaner and the toilet brush where he’d left them.

This man of God was not a king.  But, he was admired, respected, and exalted by thousands of Christians around the world.

But what was his focus?  Whom he was serving: Jesus. Not who was serving: himself. He didn’t consider himself above any menial task when his career first began.  And even after notable success, his self-appraisal did not change.  He didn’t consider himself above any work, even one parishioners would gladly delegate from their beloved pastor.

The book deals and speaking engagements didn’t cloud his thoughts or actions with pride.  Instead, he took intentional steps to ascertain pride could not contaminate his heart.


1) Do I consider myself ‘above’ certain tasks?

2) What is an action I can take today to proactively keep pride at bay?

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4 thoughts on “Preventing Pride”

  1. Today’s task on the home front happens to be……………………..scrubbing toilets. I will be serving with more joy this morning based on this devotional thought. Amen! :o)

    1. Dear Dawn, You always keep me laughing! I’m glad you’re feeling more positive about your work for the day. (To keep myself feeling uplifted during that task, I blare my Christian music. Nothing like a little Toby Mac to make the tasks go faster!) Have a blessed day! Stefanie > Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:17:41 +0000 > To: >

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