But oh no; I wouldn’t hear of it! After all….it was my daughter’s wedding and I was the one making it for her. So I “ungraciously” declined her offer. To be honest, I completely over-reacted; not only offending my sister, but I grieved the Holy Spirit too. And when my sister went home, she left without the dress.Ever have one of those gentle nudges on the shoulder from the Holy Spirit saying, “What are you doing? Is your pride more important than your daughter having the dress of her dreams and feeling like the most beautiful bride in the world?” I immediately turned to my Mom and said, “I’m leaving the dress with Anna” and without further hesitation, I brought the dress to her and apologized for my response to her generosity.
I learned a valuable lesson in pride this past weekend; one of my evil twins that surfaced when I least expected it too. Although I’m not proud of that moment, I’m glad it happened so that I could recognize & address that area in my life that needed to change. All because of pride, I almost robbed my daughter’s joy for her special day and more than likely could have crushed my sister’s spirit; which was not my intent.Folks, pride buried deep within us is just not worth it! We end up hurting others around us; we grieve the Holy Spirit, it hinders us from growing closer to the Lord and most of all, it hinders our witness as a Christ follower.
Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 NKJV Haughty actually means arrogant, puffed up & over-confident; none which will ever be pleasing to the Lord. So if it doesn’t please my Lord, I don’t’ want any part of it!
So ask yourself, “What’s my evil twin?”
What is the Lord dealing with you to change today? Let me encourage you to be open to His direction and remember what we are told in Hebrews 12:6 NCV, The Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes everyone He accepts as His child."
And most of all, remember that the Lord loves you more than you can imagine; especially when He disciplines you.
“My child, do not reject the Lord's discipline, and don't get angry when He corrects you. The Lord corrects those He loves, just as parents correct the child they delight in.” Proverbs 3:11-12 NCV
Make it simple on yourself! Stop resisting the Holy Spirit and wave good-bye to your evil twin.
Be blessed my family & friends and walk in the Lord’s total favor!
Love you all!