Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. - Proverbs 16:18 NIV
What a fitting verse to think on as I relish in the rare happening that my Missouri Tiger football team is ranked #1 in the country. This hasn't happened since 1960, and when I was in college the football program was awful, so won't you please let me be a little bit excited?
But in the midst of all the excitement and hype, it does bring up a few questions when we consider Proverbs 16:18:
1) What exactly is a haughty, prideful spirit?
2) At what point does happiness over accomplishments cross the line into pride territory?
3) How long does it take before the inevitable pride-induced fall occur?
These are good questions to ask ourselves, aren't they? We don't have to wait for an athletic event to stir up our natural prideful tendencies. We can manage just fine being prideful in the daily routine of our lives. Pride is definitely destructive. Don't fall for it.