Two Texans were trying to impress each other with the size of their ranches. One asked the other, “What’s the name of your ranch?” He replied, “The Rocking R, ABC, Flying W, Circle C, Bar U, Staple Four, Box D, Rolling M, Rainbow’s End, Silver Spur Ranch.” The Questioner was much impressed and exclaimed, “Whew! That’s sure some name! How many head of cattle do you run?” The rancher answered, “Not many, very few survive the branding.”
The cost of pride can be enormous within our lives as this story sketches. Big names, big homes, and big positions, becomes our utmost need in being better than the rest of the world. If we live only to impress others then we’ve never truly grow to become the person God wants us to be. We can understand this, yet! We are willing to live in a whitewashed world full of pretense and lies. We build the façade we think the world considers important and we build our wealth accordingly.
The extent we are willing to preserve our vision of ourselves is cultivated deep within a desire to be important in the eyes of others. Often humans are willing to sacrifice much in their lives and those around them just to maintain the delusion.
Its pride that keeps us from God. Faced with facts, pride will not allow ones-self-to see what’s truly before them. Pride is the greatest factor in spiritual blindness and the only cure is humbleness. Sadly, even with God’s own words ringing in their ears, they most often will choose tradition over truth, and pride is the reason. Is there something you put big names on that may be costing you spiritually? Each of us has to answer that question; let’s hope pride doesn’t answer for us!