What A Stump Can Teach Us About Pride

What A Stump Can Teach Us About Pride

So what is pride? If you Google ‘definition of pride’ your browser will tell you that pride is a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.

Ok, got it…so what’s the big deal?

Before we walk this out, it’s important to point out that there is a difference between the kind of pride that God hates (Proverbs 8:13) and the kind of pride we feel about a job well done, being proud of our kids, etc. The kind of pride that stems from self-righteousness is sin, and God hates it because it is a big hindrance to seeking Him.

You don’t have to be in a leadership role to struggle with pride, because we all struggle with it. In some context of your life, we are all setup by what we have, who we know, what we can do and what we can do — and there are so many options on the remote control of life that programs us for pride.

From a young age it was easy for me to take the remote control of my own life; point it at myself and select prosperity, position and power. It didn’t take long to feel the rush of this new found pride that began to take root in my life. With pride as my rudder I quickly moved up the ranks and was promoted to the position of Vice President in my mid-thirties of a global billion dollar company, which was rich and fertile soil for my pride to grow. I had the miracle grow of pride.

I share some of that story in this excerpt from my book Heartstone:

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What Redlining And The Sabbath Can Teach Us About Faith

What Redlining And The Sabbath Can Teach Us About Faith

Our lives are so busy and fast-paced that it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important. Is your life crazy busy? Is your schedule jam packed?

I recently listened to a series by Andy Stanley called “Breathing Room” and wow could I relate. Not having breathing room in my life almost cost me everything.

Breathing room is the space between our current pace and our limits.

 -Andy Stanley

I was addicted to a high paced lifestyle. I always looked for my value, my self-worth, and my identity with position and success — selling my soul to my work.

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#007: What “Cats In The Cradle” Can Teach Us About Being A Dad [Podcast]

#007: What “Cats In The Cradle” Can Teach Us About Being A Dad [Podcast]

Join Tony Marino, Lynn Kennedy, Pastor Brian Whiteside, Pastor Michael Duncan and Pastor Dr. Jeff Klick and me (Tim Young) their special guest on Alive In Christ Radio as we talk about my book Heartstone: A Journey out of the midnight of my soul!

Dad’s pause and take an inventory of your life. Are you fully present for your family/kids, or are you too wrapped up in your career, hobby, friends, fill in the blank_____? Are you actively living out a Godly example for them…and would God agree?

Dad’s does this describe you?

* Interview starts about 28mins into the broadcast.

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There’s A Little Lady Gaga In All Of Us!

There’s A Little Lady Gaga In All Of Us!

There’s a little Lady Gaga in all of us! Why, because we all crave “the applause”, don’t we? We crave to be known by the crowd, by the level of influence in our community, position at work, number of likes on Facebook, number of followers on Twitter, [fill in the blank]. We actually convince ourselves that one of these proofs of “being known” will satisfy us…but they don’t.

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