“Garden Pride”

This weeks meditation:  “Garden Pride”
Read: Luke 18:9-14

The title this week sounds like a brand name on the shelf of your local grocery store.  Spring is here and it’s almost time to plant the garden. William Bakley once said, “Pride is the ground in which all other sins grow.”  As we think about cultivating the ground for the garden we also need to remember to cultivate our lives with humility.

Barkley’s quote is a warning that sinful pride can be the root of many other sins developing in our lives.  In Luke 18 Jesus told a parable that got to the root of this. The Pharisee (The religious person) was so prideful that he thanked God that he was not as bad as his neighbors, while the tax collector (the bad neighbor)asked God to forgive him for all the sins he had committed.

Jesus ends the parable by saying, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  You see, it’s okay to do things well and take pride in a job well done, as long as you don’t compare it to others and see yourself as better than them.

Sometimes we just can’t stand it if we don’t get the credit for something.  It reminds me of the story about the two ducks and the frog.  When the ducks pond dried up they knew they could easily fly to another location, but what of their friend the frog?  Finally they decided to fly with a stick between their two bills with the frog hanging on to the stick by his mouth.

All went well until a man looked up and saw them in the sky.  “What a clever idea,” said the man.  “I wonder who thought of that?”  The prideful frog quickly proclaimed “I did,” and he fell to the earth never to make it to the new pond.  What do they say, pride comes before the fall?

God wants us to do things well, but he also wants us to view them in humility.  Without the spiritual gifts and physical gifts given to us by God we would be able to accomplish nothing.  So then, let’s direct all of our praise to heaven!

Make it personal:  Watch for pride in your life this week.  If something you think or say tends to sound like the Pharisee in Jesus’ parable take time to ask Christ for forgivness and help in taking a more humble approach to life and your accomplishments.

Have a blessed week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life.

Arthur Mennonite Church