Tuesday Re-mix –
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very natureGod,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very natureof a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Arrogance is just ugly.
Whoever you are and whatever your message may be and however important that message is to me, if you deliver it with arrogance, I will not hear it. It really is that simple…that cut and dried. Maybe it is just me, I honestly do not know, but arrogance just so rubs me the wrong way that (despite my best efforts) I simply cannot get past it to hear the message behind it.
My bet with this blog post is that I am not alone in this perspective.
To me, there are just not very many character flaws uglier than arrogance. I say that with a touch of self-deprecation, because I know with certainty that I am capable of this particular flaw myself. I really, really hate it when it comes out in me, because I believe it is so very ugly when I see it in anyone else.
The more I read and listen to people outside the church about why they are not interested in being inside the church, when you start cutting through to the essence of their complaints, when you boil them all down, they mostly seem to …