Who does the work?

God enables us to do all that we have to do.

When we have done something worthwhile, where should the credit go? Is it all right to take a bit of personal pride in an accomplishment? "After all," we might say, "isn't it good for my self-esteem to realize that I have shown some ability to get things done?"

This sort of personal pride of accomplishment, however, sometimes has a way of turning into self-satisfaction wherein we forget where our abilities come from. We think: I did a pretty good job there. Look at how much I accomplished. I did that better than most people could. Before we know it, we may fall into the trap of thinking we are really great stuff. And human pride gets in the way of hearing God's commendation for His children.

The freeing power of humility
June 22, 1992

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