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Not proud but thankful

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Thanksgiving and pride cannot exist together.  Pride is a common problem.  Pride is something that can be misunderstood.  We are proud of our kids, our family, our church, our schools etc….

We feel good about many things and we take pride in them. However, pride is something that can be destructive.  Pride comes before a fall (Proverbs 16). 

All too often we see leaders and those with power fall, many times it is because they lost focus on their importance in the world.  
Pride can also give people an inability to see God. In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. (Psalm 10:4)

The pride and self-importance limit our ability to see God. It limits our ability to live for God and limits the favor of the Lord on our lives.  
In this time of Thanksgiving may we turn our pride on its head. When we get together to share our Thanksgiving meals, may we express humility and deep thanksgiving. The pride that exists in our hearts tells us that we are the reason for our blessing, we are the ones who deserve blessings and we are the ones who have made our way.

However, self-reliance and pride will lead to destruction and fall.  Instead, may we thank God for the blessings.  Thank God for any success we have had and thank God for giving his Son that we may have life.  

My hope is that we see God this Thanksgiving and I am reminded, if pride exits the chances of seeing God are not that great.
May this year be filled with thankfulness, humility, repentance and rejoicing.
(Darrell Morgan is the pastor of Williamstown Baptist Church. He can be reached at 859-824-4102.)