One morning, during my time alone with God, I was led to read this:
And Haman told them of the glory of his riches and the multitude of his children, and of all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he advanced him above the princes and servants of the king. Esther 5:11
Haman was obviously a braggart.
As I read further, in Esther chapter nine, not only was Haman killed, but his ten sons were hung upon the gallows.
Haman’s pride didn’t just hurt him, but his family.
Talk about a humbling point!
Did I carry that throughout the day with me?
A little background here: I am a military spouse, and I am also the mom of three special needs kids. So when my husband goes away for a loooong time, it’s really hard for me to do things like getting my haircut.
Thankfully, my mom taught me how to trim my hair at home.
On the very day I read about Haman and his pride, I got prideful myself.
In fact, I got the grand idea to cut my hair to frame my face.
My husband is home, so this was not out of necessity, but arrogance.
I don’t need to pay someone else to cut my hair, don’t you know.
Pride took over and to make a long story short (pun intended) I HAD to go to a salon.
My hair looked terrible!
Eight inches later, I wish I would have paid closer attention to what God was trying to teach me.
I am not against short hair, but for my personal taste, there’s something so romantic about having long hair.
I love it, and now, I miss it.
Yet hair length is no big deal (really) it grows back, but how many things can pride destroy that won’t ever grow back?
The amount of destruction pride can bring is endless.
It destroys bank accounts, homes, jobs and even worse, it destroys hearts.
Heavenly Father loves us so much, that he wants to protect us from all evil, including the evil of pride.
Yet pride is tricky, because it’s internal. To battle pride and win, requires more prayer than any external attack could.
As you go about your day, ask God to help you cut down your pride, before it cuts you.