|Playing chess with Katie and Oliver Scoles|
That was a brilliant move. And yet another humbling experience. I must accept it and move on in life.
I was humbled. Everyone gets humbled, multiple times in life. But being humbled is not the same thing as being humble. Everyone gets humbled; not everyone acquires humility as a heart-condition.
This is so important that James 4:6 tells us that God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. This is a foundational attitude in the spiritual life, without which progress in holiness will not happen. God has struggled mightily with me about this over the years.
Pray for God to remove pride.
Pray for a humble heart.
Here are some things I have written out of the struggle.
Self-Exaltation is Bad; Humility is Good
Thomas Merton on Pride
St. John of the Cross on Humility and Pride
Ernie Harwell & the Power of Humility
C.S. Lewis on Pride
Humility (Jack Deere on...)
Realize Your Own Faults
(More On) True Greatness
Reputation Increases; Ability Decreases
God Morphs Us From Pride to Humility