Proverbs 16:18 & Leviticus 26:18-20 I had a good friend who played on my high school basketball team. Well, to be more accurate, he rode the bench on our team. He was a good basketball player, though, so he was often frustrated that he didn’t get much playing time. Anytime he did get in the game, he was so worried about proving that he could play, he would try to do too much or force something and end up making a mistake. It was a vicious cycle of worrying about what the coach thought of him and working so hard to impress him that he messed up, furthering the coaches opinion of him. Many people, especially men, struggle with pride. But, it’s not typically for the reasons we think. It’s not that most people are super confident. It’s actually the opposite. We are insecure people, and we want to prove that we are worth something or are good enough. We are insecure about ourselves, so we take credit for things instead of giving credit to God because we want to be validated. We shy away from asking for help because we want to be validated. If you struggle with pride because of your insecurity, remember that you are good enough for God. He loves you, and He has a plan for you. He accepts you just as you are and so do the people closest to you. READ THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT Today’s Reading: Matthew 5]]>