“ Pride costs more than hunger, thirst, and cold.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

There exists numerous elements in one’s life that can destroy them. These things are costly and the price can be a high one. If a person is hungry, thirsty, or cold their entire lives are affected. These physical conditions wear and fray on the mind and the spirit of a human being simply because everyone needs food, water and warmth to survive. If we would ever find ourselves without these necessary provisions for any extended period of time, our very lives would be in danger, would they not?


It is this precise reason why our founding forefather Thomas Jefferson lumped the character trait of pride in with hunger, thirst, and cold. He wanted to drive a point home. That lesson is that pride in one’s life can be just as devastating as hunger, thirst, and cold yet we seldom think of pride in that way. Rarely do we view pride as having a devastating potential. How wrong we are to be ignorant of such a blight on the human soul.


Self pride is just that…a focus on ourselves and worst of all it creates a wrong perception of who we are. It simply makes us first and foremost in our own minds and diminishes the importance and significance of everything else. How often have we seen someone accomplish something great whether it be in sports or some other arena only to be somewhat disgusted when we see that person interviewed about their achievement. Instead of giving credit to team mates or their coaches or the training that they received , they gush all about themselves and their accomplishment. These types of folks tend to use the word  “I” quite a bit. It is because they are very impressed with themselves and love numero uno…..alot.


The truth is that every one of us at times suffers from this insidious part of our character....some more than others. Although it can not always be seen at first, over time pride will always rear its ugly face and show itself for what it is. It is revealed in a lack of concern for others and preoccupation with one’s own needs and desires. Folks who have an enormous pride problem rarely say “ I’m sorry “ or readily humble themselves in any visible way. They tend to talk for long periods of time about themselves and you will not hear them showing much interest in others’ lives or victories. Seldom will you hear them asking others questions about what is going on in that other person’s life…and the most amazing thing is that they are so consumed with themselves that they are not even aware of it.


Yes, Jefferson had it right…pride has a high price tag. We all need to look closely at ourselves and honestly check to make sure that we are not one of those lost in the cost and yet we don’t even know it. Something to think about


Proverbs 8:13 -  The fear of the Lord is to hate evil : pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate