This year has started with much soul-searching, self-reflection, and the process of becoming more humble and less prideful. I have discovered that pride gets in the way of trying to come to terms with who I truly am as a person. Pride is a great facade in that it is often used to cover up a person’s inadequacies and puts on a false front causing other people to see that person as someone other than who he or she really is. Thus, that person is never truly honest with himself or herself, and fails to seek the help and guidance that is needed.
There is a scripture that comes to mind that supports what I am talking about. It is found in Galatians 6:3, and reads, “For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” The truth is that things are not always as they seem to be. While it may seem that everything is going well in our lives, pride can actually cause us to fall into a pile of nothingness which can eventually lead to self-destruction. For example, some people, because they are too prideful to ask for help, turn to drugs or alcohol to mask the problems that they are having only to discover that after a time their consumption of drugs and/or alcohol leads to self-destruction. This suggests another verse of scripture which is found in Proverbs 16:18, and reads, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
I have reached the point in my life where I am beginning to be brutally honest with myself, but more importantly with the Lord, as I am discovering my true self. I am particularly thankful for a dear, special friend whom the Lord has placed in my life at this particular season to be a guide and a mentor as I go through this process. I am learning to put my pride aside, and I am learning who the real Karlyn Kay Stebbins is, one day at a time, one step at a time.
Doing away with the pride in my life has humbled me in many ways, one of which is being able to tell my dear and trusted friend about my inadequacies. We often times confuse humiliation with being humble. Being humble for me is admitting my short comings and no longer pretending to be someone who I am not, but allowing myself to trust the process of God’s plan for my life. I leave this with you in the powerful name of Jesus Christ! Amen.
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.