Have you ever thought about what the word Pride means? Pride is often thought of as a good thing. We are proud of our children, we’re proud of the picture we drew or the goal we scored. We are proud when we cook a great meal or do well at work. We take pride in our favorite team or in our school. And as long as we keep our pride in check, these can be good things.
But pride can also go too far, when we are too prideful it can hurt the people and things around us. That’s what happens with Edmund in Chapter 5 of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Edmund is too proud to admit that he was wrong about Narnia; he can’t admit that he was wrong and Lucy was right. This leads to him lying to his siblings which upsets and hurts Lucy and causes Peter and Susan to worry about their sister. And all of this happens because of Edmund’s pride. In the Bible, God tells us over and over again that pride causes people to stumble and fall.
Proverbs 16:18-19 says
Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed
than to share plunder with the proud.
My younger sister is one the most stubborn people I know. I remember one time we were playing the game Bananagrams, which is a lot like Scrabble, and she spelled a word wrong, but she refused to admit that she was wrong even after we looked the word up in the dictionary. That is one example of many, of my sister not wanting to admit that she was wrong. But when we can’t admit that we’re wrong, it can easily lead to us hurting the people around us who we love, like our family members. So this week let’s try and do a better job of admitting our pride and letting it go, especially when we’re with our family members.