Reverse pride isn’t humility. Humility is humility. Reverse pride is when you are prideful of the fact you aren’t better than anyone else. We all know this idiom:
Pride goeth before the fall.
I didn’t think that really applied to me because I was on the floor, I would never be ‘worthy’ of the grace of God, to take part of the sacrifice Christ provided for me. Which is why my thoughts when I do something less than Christ-like I hear, “It doesn’t matter, I’m going to hell anyway” I wrote it off to self-esteem problems. I’ve been reading a book called “The Miracle of Forgiveness” and in the beginning it talks about pride. It talked about how pride is also telling God who/what/where/why anything that isn’t in your responsibility to change or judgement you can pass. I realized in a moment of clarity I hadn’t just been telling myself I’m bad and unworthy but I’ve been telling Christ I’m bad and unworthy and the grace He secured with his blood isn’t going to save me. EVERYONE will have a share of His grace, no matter what they’ve been in this life. Life is eternal, growth is eternal, the Grace of Christ is eternal. With this knowledge came the realization of there is absolutely nothing I can do about my future, well, other than be the best person I can be. No matter how messed up I perceive myself to be. I have no control, and I am not perfect and neither of those are within my grasp or prevue anyway so I’m trying to figure out how I can better utilize the time feeling like an eternal-bug-in-the-radiator kind of person. I’m moving forward towards my future again, it’s nice.
This begs the question: Why do I feel this way? I’m not a bad person (in comparison to like Hitler, Dahmer, and the ilk). They’re going to receive grace. I’m not ‘useless’ or a ‘waste of clay’. Where do these thoughts come from? Is it that sometimes when someone corrects you by calling you stupid, where every other time it just bounces off your psychic armor until one day the chink is displayed and you are mortally wounded? I’ve called myself stupid most of the time when I do something wrong, from burning dinner and blowing a tire to stubbing my toe on something I’ve left on the floor. I’m far from stupid. I still compare myself to others and, yes, that’s wrong, but I’m finding out all the useless information I seem to gather has made me rather intelligent. Not to be prideful, but my last IQ test (online) I hit in the high 120’s. If I could do math it might be a little higher but I suck at math. How can I be so easily fooled and so completely without guile that I would believe everything bad and evil that I am told both inside and outside my head? The bigger question is, how to I seal up that chink so the darts of negativity aren’t hitting the pink flesh beneath? I am correcting my thoughts when I become aware of them, I try to keep positive quotes handy on my phone, my notebook, my walls, but how can I paper the inside of my head with them? Any suggestions? Please share.