In my lifetime, I have come to realize that arrogance is like an incurable cancer. It runs rampant among people, and if it is not checked, in time it spreads like a raging fire, until eventually it suffocates a person by destroying his soul and deprecating his spirituality.
When we exult arrogance, we demean humility. And when we demean humility, we suppress our opportunities to be teachable. Case in point, when other people would try to warn me that the lifestyle that I was living was the cause of my problems in life, I refused to heed their counsel that the path that I was on was leading me nowhere. I thought that I knew it all. I thought that I had all the answers. I refused to listen to anyone because I was convinced that my ideas and the way that I was doing things were far better than anything that I was being told.
Because of my arrogance, I devalued important life lessons that others were trying to teach me. However, I learned through the school of hard knocks, that arrogance is a very powerful character flaw that can rob a person of any joy, happiness, and peace that they might otherwise have in life. In fact, arrogance, if left to its own devices, can literally destroy a person’s life. I know that it was my arrogant attitude that caused me to die spiritually, and almost physically as well.
On 24 October 2007 I was incarcerated. In jail, I soon had my arrogant attitude put in check. I had no control over what was going on. I was consistently being told what to do, and when to do it. I was faced with only two alternatives – I could rebel and make my life a living hell, or I could comply and make life easier for myself. For the first time in my life, I had to put my arrogant attitude aside, take the cotton out of my ears, and shut my mouth because I realized that I did not know as much as I had convinced myself that I knew. Once I did that, I became humble and teachable, and I can now feel the wonderful presence of the Spirit in my life.
Karlyn Kay Stebbins
Founder of The Conqueror Foundation
Karlyn Kay Stebbins’ Biography:
Karlyn Kay Stebbins is a guest writer for Morsels Of Bread. She is an addictions counselor and works in a drug rehabilitation center. She has a double major in Sociology and Psychology, and a minor in Communications. She is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having been baptized on 26 March 2011. Her hobbies are reading and writing. She also enjoys spending time with her son and his friends. She is also the Founder of The Conqueror Foundation and has a blog called “Reflection Pays” where she shares her insights.