I remember early on when I became a part of my husband's side of the family, inevitably, when we were all sitting around playing our favorite card game, "Liverpool", someone in the family would get to feeling pretty proud of the hand they were dealt or the score they had up until that point. My father-in-law would say something like, "Just remember....too much air and that tire will bust."
He wasn't referring to a real tire, but the prideful and bragging statements someone at the table was making. He was saying that too much hot air (too much pride) and the tire (the person....the score...the hand dealt) was eventually going to bust! The person with the prideful attitude at the table, would most likely be deflated at some point during the remaining game, and if not that night, for sure some time.
Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. Proverbs 18:12
Too many times we get a little (or a lot) proud of ourselves, our accomplishments, and our abilities. We think that we have "pulled ourselves up by our own bootstraps". We think we have gotten where we are on our own accord. We believe that we've "made it" because of some big accomplishment. But God says, "Be humble." "You can't do anything at all without ME." "You are who you are because of ME." "Humble yourselves and I will lift you up in due time."
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10
We can think of ourselves. We can realize our gifts, talents and abilities. But we don't have to tell everyone about them. And when people notice those things, we can point them to God and Jesus...not to ourselves. Give Him the praise for those things.
How can you be more humble today? What do you need to give up to be less prideful? When have you taken credit for something when you should have given all of the glory to God? Be humble.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.