I know something about pride. My wagon tends to roll in that direction. In fact, if pride were uphill and humility was downhill and you set my wagon in between them, my wagon would roll uphill–towards pride. I’m even proud of that little analogy.
C.S. Lewis calls pride the Great Sin and says that it leads to all others, that it is the complete anti-God state of mind. He says;
“In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that—and, therefore know yourself as nothing in comparison—you do not know God at all. As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.”
Without some measure of humility, people won’t give credit to the one who deserves it. So many of us want the credit for ourselves or at least to deny credit to anyone else. The proud don’t want to acknowledge that there could be anyone greater than themselves, even God.
In my experience those who think they have it all figured out, never figure it out, at least not until something knocks them off their high horse. The arrogant don’t want to listen, they only want people to listen to them. I know, I know, spoken by a man writing a book and a blog because he thinks his voice should be heard. I recognize the irony. I learn much when I write, though, because in my efforts to honor God with my pen, I have done a lot of studying and pondering of his word. I don’t have it all figured out but I am listening for his voice.
Listening is the only way we learn anything. Sure, we learn from observing, but that is just listening to the facts observed, if you follow me. It is only when our minds (and hearts) are open that we can see the truth, and only those who are humble enough to admit to themselves that they don’t have all the answers have those open minds and hearts.
In the grand scheme of things, each of us are an infinitesimal spec on a planet that is an infinitesimal spec in a galaxy that is an infinitesimal spec in the universe. If you want to know humility, start there. Then, knowing that you are a piece of dust, listen and observe. Knowledge will follow. God will show you things that the proud cannot see, like how much God values a piece of dust. Then, a new and awesome pride will grow in you.