Pride“We know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up.” (1 Cor 8:1-2)

We have all heard the saying “knowledge is power” right? That statement can be very misleading… knowledge does not have power unless it used and applied. One of the greatest struggles I face is applying knowledge that I learn in my daily life. It is so easy to get caught up in the newness of different information.We get entertained with learning but run from the challenge of applying it.

Seeking out the knowledge you lack in life is the first step to any growth or personal devolpment. However, most people seek out the knowledge to make themselves look good or like the Apostle Paul writes to “puff” themselves up”. A poet named Thomas Gray back in 1742 wrote “Ignorance is bliss tis folly to be wise”. At first I looked at this quote and was somewhat taken back that the poet would tell you happiness is in ignorance. But step back and think about this from another point a view. A lot of today’s relationships are focused on who is right and who is wrong; most religions are focused on who is the evil sinner and who is the righteous. You see pride and arrogance are the foundation to these viewpionts. 1 Cor 8:2 says “but love builds up”, and if love builds up, pride must tear down.

Definition of pride: Pride is the cultivation, preservation or exalting of self. It is a protecting of self. Pride is commitment to self. It is building up ourselves in our own eyes or in the eyes of others. Pride is an excessive belief in one’s superiority, worth, merit. Pride is a root cause of many sins.

My wife Sarah and I recently became married 5 months ago. People continue to ask how is it going? I respond by saying “It is the most challenging thing I have ever done”. Most people respond by saying a couple things, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.” or “Aren’t you still in the honeymoon phase?”. Here’s why I say marriage is the most challenging thing I have ever done, because that big old prideful self that thinks he knows it all must be put to rest in order to see his wifes needs lifted up. As I have noticed in my own life I would rather pretend like I know everything to not look stupid or ignorant in front of others and escpecially my wife. This causes that “puffines” to start growing, or should I say inflammation of the pride.

I had read an article in the Mayo Clinic Health Letter discussing the role of inflammation in specific diseases. I would like to share that with ya.

The article states that’Acute inflammation – the kind that protects and heals the body after an injury or infection – is essential and normal. In the wake of a nasty cut or broken bone, the battle is on! Immediately, a biochemical cascade improves blood flow to the area. Nerve endings and other cells at the site of the injury or infection send out signaling molecules and other chemical components to recruit the body’s equivalent of the Superhero – white blood cells that fight off foreign bodies. That’s acute inflammation. It’s necessary and normal for good health.

However, the other kind of inflammation – named chronic inflammation, plays a more obvious role in diseases such as asthma, allergies, alzheimers’s, Cardiovascular, fibromyalgia, Diabetes, arthritis, bercitis, joint pain, Respiratory & more. You see most types of inflammation are detrimental to your health. So what are you doing to prevent it? You see knowledge is rendered useless unless you are appyling it to your life and making your choices based around the truth. You see inflamation in your spritual and emotional self can take root in your physical body in the form of Dis-ease. Dis-ease can and most likely will lead to death; death in your body and in your relationships.

Jesus said “Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom.” (Mat 18:2-4). Looking at a child you can see the simplicity of life and the bliss that Gray wrote about. Can you remember back when you were a child and being confident that your Dad or Mom knew everything. You never had a care in the world.

Why will we not go back to our simple ways of life; where we did not know it all and were perfectly happy in asking a lot of questions and fearlessly going out to try what we just learned. It all makes sense now when my father would say “Son you must become stupid before you will ever get smart”. Well here’s to going back to square one, where I was courageously “stupid”.