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I Amaze Me!

Rarely are proud people our favorites.  The truly great people are usually humble and those that think that they are great are very proud of themselves.  It was Emily Bronte that is credited with saying, “Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves.”

The word “pride” has the focus of those that are arrogant found in the very center of the word…”I”. One that lives with complete admiration of their skills, intellect, or achievements is detestable and sometimes dangerous.  People that are lulled into thinking that they are so good that nothing could ever happen to bring them down are tragically brought down when they cease to use good judgement.

On January 14, 2005, Shane Maixner died in an avalanche. The 27-year-old and four of his friends drove to the Canyons ski resort outside Park City, Utah, rode the ski lift, hiked up to the back country gate outside the Dutch Draw area, went through the gate posted with warning signs, and started snowboarding. 

On the second trip down the same slopes, someone in the party shouted, “Avalanche!” but Shane could not escape. Two days later, they dug his body out of the snow. 

Some of the media severely criticized the “reckless out-of-bounds riders,” picturing Shane as a novice unaware of the possible dangers. But that isn’t the true story. 

Maixner and two others in his party were “avalanche-certified back country guides.” The men owned special avalanche gear, but didn’t bring it with them when they went to Dutch Draw. This is not an unusual occurrence. In fact, “skiers with the most avalanche training are more likely to be seduced into faulty reasoning by factors like tracked slopes and group enthusiasm. 

“Maixner didn’t die because he was a fool. Like his friends, he was lulled into letting his guard down.”   (Taken from: Ted De Hass, Bedford, Iowa; sources: Grayson Schaffer, “Powder Keg,” Outside (April, 2005) pp 32-33).

Those who truly know Jesus understand that we are under His authority as our LORD.  We are not to live in arrogance, but in humility.  Micah 6:8 is God’s expectation for us…”what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  If we refuse to live in humility, Scripture warns that God will humble us.  Is. 2:12 – The LORD Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled).  And, as God loves to do, He tells us the reward of living in humility….James 4:6“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

It is a good thing to remember that all that we have and are is because of God’s goodness to us so that we should live in gratitude.  Beware of thinking too highly of yourself or as Ann Landers once said, “Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.”