Attitude, Favor, Growth/Maturity, Humility, Pride

A Humbling Experience

“First pride, then the crash the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.” (Proverbs 16:18 MSG)

I didn’t achieve??  What do you mean I didn’t achieve?  There must be some mistake, I ALWAYS achieve!  These were just some of the thoughts that went through my mind as I looked at the results of my National Board Certification attempt.  I was sure my eyes were playing tricks on me. I received a 267 when you need a 275 in order to pass and become a National Board Certified teacher.  My shock moved to disbelief and then to anger then to sadness!  I could not believe I was not a NBC teacher.

After I calmed down and started to seek the Lord, He showed me what my real issue was.  My PRIDE was hurt more than anything else.  The only thing I had ever failed at was romantic relationships (that’s an EmpowerMoment all by itself).   I had always been academically successful; school came easy to me. I loved and still love learning.  I attended a private university on a full scholarship.  When I entered into teaching, it was a cakewalk.  I never struggled with the difficulties that many young teachers struggle with. 

God has always given me incredible favor.  Unfortunately, I allowed myself to become full of pride (an excessively high opinion of one’s self).  I had also become slightly arrogant.  For example, I ordered a cake congratulating myself on becoming an NBC teacher THREE days before I was supposed to find out if I had achieved National Board Certification.  I just KNEW I had it.  I didn’t even pray to God about it.

Needless to say, I needed to be humbled and taken down a few pegs and humbled I was!

“…God will bring down their pride, despite the cleverness of their hands…” (Isaiah 25:11b NIV)

…May the arrogant be put to shame… (Psalm 119:78a NIV)

Yes, God wants to show us His favor.  Yes, He wants to bless us “…exceedingly, abundantly, above all we can ask or think…” (Ephesians 3:20 NIV) Yes, God wants to do everything He can to help us achieve the destiny He has called us to; HOWEVER, we must be careful not to get prideful and/or arrogant as God blesses and promotes us.  Please don’t make the same mistake I did because God WILL give you a HUMBLING EXPERIENCE!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for continued favor!  Forgive me for taking Your favor for granted and taking on the spirit of pride as if I have or could ever accomplish anything without You.  You are my God, everything I have and everything I am is because of You.  I give You ALL the glory because it is through no goodness of my own but because You love me, show grace and mercy to me, and because You favor me.  Help me never to lose sight of this again. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

 Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to assess your current behavior and actions in all areas of your life. Are you prideful or arrogant in any area of your life?

  • Financially –  spending just because you can and neglecting giving? 
  • Relationships – doing whatever you want to in the relationship just because you know they are not going anywhere? 
  • Career – not being diligent in your work because you just KNOW they are not going to fire you? 

If God chose to, would there be any area where you are due for a “humbling experience”?   If so, STOP and turn it around TODAY!  Pray and ask God’s forgiveness and then take steps to turn that behavior around.

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Knocked Down From My High Horse

Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois.  She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher.  Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery.  She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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6 thoughts on “A Humbling Experience”

  1. Katrina..I can totally relate. My story to a certain degree reflects yours, however, my journey is the bar exam. I received a private partial scholarship for law school and made deans list almost twice. At any rate, I thought I would pass the bar exam the second time I took it, but I did not and I didn’t pass it the third time. The first time I took it, I was not prepared but out of arrogance thought I would take it just to get a feel for it, (its a three day exam). Anyway to make a long story short, I am in receipt of my chastisement and hope I have learned to be humble at all times because truly, the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. My journey continues. I wish you well and pray for your success.

  2. Katrina,I L-O-V-E your entries(I love all the other entries too) because it’s like you are always at my side. God just humbled me yesterday. My husband and I went Xmas shopping yesterday and we only have 3 people left on our list. His cell phone rings. His cousin is running a toy drive and they are still in need for some more toys for the kids so I start hissing a fit,”how could she and she know we are trying to buy a house”(in order for us to have been able to donate we would’ve had to go into the savings)? The Father must pulled on my tongue so fast. I agreed to us sowing a seed,BUT my HEART was not right initially and that was the principle.I go home and prepare for my nightly devotion and what comes up? The giving situation and God ministered this to me: “Lisa you are to not Love money,but Love Me.Don’t think it will last because only the things of me will last,don’t hoard it because I provide ,and don’t rely on it ,only rely on ME! I have given you things not cause you are blessed,but to bless those who are in need! This message from the Father totally humbled me last night. So thanks for the confirmation and Continue EM!

  3. Thank you for your prayers and your encouragement Beverly, and I truly am praying for you as well. Hurry up and pass that bar, we need more God-fearing lawyers in our society 🙂

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