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After chatting with an awesome fun gal on Twitter about our favorite characters from our favorite books, we decided to start our own on-line Christian Fiction book club.
We were surprised at how quickly members joined and the authors of the books we chose stopped by our Facebook page to chat about their books. As a Christian Fiction author myself, I thought this is going to look great on my book proposal.
My fun partner sent me an email to discuss a few things concerning the book club and she said, “I’m so excited to see the lives God will touch through the books we discuss.”
My heart fell to the bottom of my cowboy boot slippers. I was excited about the numbers on my proposal and she was excited about seeing lives changed for the better. Can you say humbled?
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18
Pride is a sneaky thing. We should take pride in what we do, so that we give our very best, but we should never become prideful. The difference for me is when I began to think I’ve done something on my own and what the gain is for myself.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
God was gently reminding me that any success any ventures I undertake may have aren’t from my own strength, they are from Him. He reminded me that when Satan became full of pride and thought he deserved to be worshipped God threw him out of heaven.
Pride is a dangerous thing.
Since then, my prayer has been for God to use me to touch lives. To never let me forget that it’s all for Him, no matter what I do, to Him be the glory.
Now I pray that He would touch the people who stop by and read my words for Him. So if you’re reading this, then I pray God will use these words to make your life richer in Him. Thank you for sharing your time and heart with me.
Has pride ever led you into a harmful situation? What are things you take healthy pride in?
Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.