Recently, I’ve found myself in the middle of some family tension that I did not create. Also, I have found tension and issue at work that is the same. I do not believe that I caused the tension, but the other party will not communicate with me (removing the ability for me to create restitution, if necessary). We become children of Christ when we enter the waters of Baptism. Committing to live the Gospel, and then following up on that with daily living and renewing our covenants through the sacrament and repentance keeps us in the house of God.
When we are able to be peacemakers in our home, our professional lives, or otherwise we feel the power of the result. It is not easy, and not comfortable, but the outcomes bring peace.
Henry B. Eyring’s talk “As a child” comes to mind where he talks about being able to feel as a child, and feel the peace that comes from knowing where answers come from. “In that moment I felt as quiet inside as I had ever felt. And the message came, and I was sure who it was from. It was clear what I was to do. I received no promise of the outcome. There was only the assurance that I was a child who had been told what path led to whatever He wanted for me.”
We must move boldly forward into our own lives, and as we do we must beware of pride. The central feature of pride is enmity, and the proud make every man their adversary.
“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. Once the element of competition has gone, pride has gone.”C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Pride goeth before destruction. It is a precursor, a sign that we should be looking for to keep us from falling into the pit of destruction. Are we able to see it, or do we let our own pride get in the way of seeing that we are prideful?
Pride takes a hard turn when we are primarily in a competition for men’s approval (When men seek approval from man more than approval from God). The world shouts louder than the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. The reasonings of men overrides the revelations of God, and the proud let go of the Iron Rod.
Another face of pride is contention. We must look within and see where we are currently battling. Are we battling with ourselves? Are we battling with others? Where is our pride getting in the way of our salvation? How is pride keeping us from confessing and forsaking our sins?
The antidote for pride is humility. God will have a humble people. Either we can choose to be humble or we can be compelled to be humble. Let us choose to be humble.
We can humble ourselves by:
- Receiving council and chastisement
- Forgiving those who have offended us
- Rendering selfless service
- Going on missions
- Getting to the temple more frequently
- Confessing and forsaking out sins and being born of God
- Loving God, submitting our will to His, and putting Him first in our lives.
I have maintained in the last year that diapers should have their place. I work hard to recognize when they could have too big a grasp on my life and my decisions. I also have dedicated to not let them become between myself and choices that would take me away from my family, friends, and wholesome things in my life. We must keep an eye out for how we balance our lives, and how pride can take it’s toll. When we make choices that are primarily carnal or “natural” we are chooses man or mortal things over God. That is prideful when we don’t allow God and the Gospel to have its proper place in our lives. I am learning that diapers have their place, but they can’t and don’t solve everything.