Harmed by Pride
In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis said, “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man… It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest.”
Pride affects your wallet. In an article at time.com Paul Michael says, “There is no shame in admitting you need help with managing your money. In fact, it’s something you should embrace, and quickly.”
He reveals several ways pride hurts financially:
- It makes you spend more on brand names. After all, the world notices labels and might think less of you if you buy generics.
- It causes you to create debt so you can impress others with things they don’t know you can’t afford.
- It keeps you from purchasing items at thrift stores. Heaven forbid someone were to see you walking out of Goodwill! (One of my wife’s favorite department stores.)
- It won’t let you seek financial help. As a result, you keep making the same mistakes.
- It prevents you from learning how to manage money so you stay in bondage and never teach your children how to handle finances.
- It makes you buy things you don’t need because you think you need things to impress others or elevate yourself.
Perhaps you have experienced how pride robs you of peace and joy. It affects your relationships and puts a terrible strain on marriages and families. It causes people to do things they know are wrong. And, it can be fatal.
It’s no wonder why God says that He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Seek to be humble which is to be more like Christ.
If shame or embarrassment has prevented you from seeking help with credit card debt, set aside your pride and get in touch with Christian Credit Counselors. They have a wonderful team of Christian experts to help you pay off your credit cards quickly and with less interest.