“Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor.”
I know a company that is hitting the ball out of the park day after day. The growth is impressive and all things point up and to the right. It becomes easy for this company, and others to come down with, if they are not careful, a case of altitude sickness. When we reach heights that we are not used to, all kinds of weird things can happen and if we are not careful, the higher we go, the sicker we can become, all the way to death. We’ve seen it many times in companies where they think they have manifest destiny only too soon to be crashed back to earth. Does MySpace come to mind? Or AOL? Being “altitude aware” is what allows us to fly high but still not lose our bearings or get ahead of ourselves. Any time we feel that we are succeeding, let’s be sure and stay aware of where we are as we climb.
As followers of Jesus, we must always keep our egos in check and remain aware of where we are at all times. The minute we begin to think that we are above others, then we have lost the way of the Father. God humbled Himself beyond our comprehension when He sent us Jesus. For us to not live and work in that same humility is to miss the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of God.
Reference: Proverbs 18:12 (New Living Translation)