Emerson argued that pride always injures–“No man ever had a point of pride that wasn’t injurious to him.” Maybe it doesn’t get you immediately, but eventually pride, to quote Proverbs 16:18, goes before the fall. It is pride that helps elevate us, which exacerbates the fall in when it comes.

The apostle Paul had a cure for pride, “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” (Romans 12:3) Sober judgment, now that is good advice. We could all use a little more sober judgment in our lives, a little less pride, and definitely a few less damaging falls, especially as we get older. The older we get the harder it is to recover and the price of pride becomes increasingly expensive. So, could I suggest that you take a few minutes today to examine yourself and evaluate the extent of your pride before it produces a new fall, then get to work to reduce it. That’s right, we all need to go on a diet and shed a few pounds of pride.

So you agree. Well, the time to start is now. Right now. I mean it. Right this very minute. Have at it.

Grace and peace to your day.