Proverb for the Day 16:18 — You’re Going Down!

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

This proverb is about bad attitudes – “pride” and “a haughty spirit.” Whenever I think I’ve got it figured out or know exactly what to do, I just need to realize…I don’t!

“Pride” brings on “destruction” to even my best plans and ideas. “A haughty spirit” sets me up for “a fall.”

Such results may simply represent the natural result of poor thinking and choices on my part. But God, who isn’t mentioned here at all, also reserves the right to step in at any time and do what He knows is appropriate.

Admittedly, we all know something about the mindset that says “I’ve got this!” Sometimes, it’s not even that I think I know everything or am the smartest person in the room, but I still find myself thinking I have what it takes and can handle a situation.

In my life, that’s a dangerous place to be – especially since I’ve been there before and know better! In the 12 Steps of Recovery, the first 3 are summarized as: I Can’t (Step 1); He Can (Step 2); So Let Him (Step 3).

While still very imperfect at it, this is the way I’ve learned to operate in my life – whether at work, at home or on the highway in between – I try to follow His lead. Fact is, I don’t have any better ideas!