One of the ways this works with me is that because I am right about most things much of the time, I have a tendancy to think I am right about all things all of the time. In other words, I can come across as condescending or patronizing or even an outright know-it-all. My pride rears its ugly head because I love sharing all of my knowledge and wisdom with others. This is one of the reasons I am a great teacher, but it can also be hurtful to other people. Not just because I have corrected them, pointed out that they are wrong, or in the tone of my voice but also because there is a real part of my heart that just likes being right.
This week has turned out to be a series of me having to apologize and say I am sorry. First at work when I was told I had been condescending to a little boy who reached for something I was holding without asking, then to a friend who was offended at a facebook status I posted after a conversation with her, and then to another friend who roots for a different baseball team than I do after a comment he made about the Mariners. Sigh.
And, I will tell you...nothing shows you just how much pride you have when you have to swallow it and admit you're wrong and apologize. Thus, I march on, swallowing my pride and learning how to live in the fullness of being me but in all humility considering others better than myself (Phil 2:3). This is a lesson I have needed to learn this week.