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Sunday, April 15, 2012
     Fusion has been showing us toxic attitudes. Today we examined Pride. Even the worse bible Scholar knows from Proverbs 16:18 that "Pride goeth before the fall". Actually the exact quote is, "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall", but it means much the same thing. As it happens that particular verse was not even used. It was not necessary, because pride is as much a problem today as it was in Solomon's time.
     We all fall victim to this kind of arrogance. I know I have. All too often I don't realize it until it's too late. My life has been a series of failures, with an occasional small success along the way. When success comes, the toxic attitude of pride follows close behind. That's how the evil one works! I have to watch out for that.
     When I started blogging 10 years ago, I developed my courageous dynamic Publisher persona who was very prideful, while I tried to keep myself humble. The small success that happened made me more like the facade that I had created. Even when I left for DWU and left this world behind, I had much the same thing happen to me. I try to keep each failure and success in perspective. Some people wonder why I never showed any excitement when, at long last, I got my BA from DWU. The truth is, even though it should have been an exciting and thrilling time, I never felt like I really accomplished anything. It is, after all, just a piece of paper. True, it came at a great cost to me. I gave up my home, family, and friends, and made my way to the big city. And yeat after all was said and done, nothing really changed. I'm still the same person. I may have changed slightly, but I feel the same.
     Perhaps I expected too much from myself. Perhaps I expected too much. At any rate, I still try to walk that fine line. I don't want to get too high on myself, but then again, I don't want to get too low either. Of course, If I do, God will pick me up, so it's all good. In the end we are all judges of our own success or failure. On our own, we are all worthless, but God has a use for all of us, in his time. Likewise, if I get above my station, God will bring me down. So it is with all of us.  As Joyce Meyer says, "I may not be where I'm supposed to be but thank God, I'm not where I used to be".
     It took God a week (or 6 days if you want to get technical) to create heaven and earth. But since the fall of Adam and Eve, God has been recreating human life. It may be taking him a lot longer than some of us would like, but he'll get it done. As long as we keep on his plan, we'll be alright! 

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