Today’s Scripture: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. 1 Corinthians 9:27

A man was walking down the street with his wife when he saw a talking scale. The sign advertised that not only would the scale tell your weight, but it would also reveal some personal traits. The man eagerly stepped on, waited for the scale to register, and then watched as a printed card popped out of the scale. The man smiled when he read the card: “You are a dynamic born leader; handsome; loved and admired by women for your personality.”

His wife kept reading further down the card and laughed, “I see it got your weight wrong, too!”

One of the easiest sins for us to fall into is the sin of pride – thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought to think. The person that thinks too highly of himself doesn’t think highly enough about Christ. Here’s an important truth to help you avoid pride: let other people tell you the truth. You are often blind to your own problems, and other people around you are not.

It is important to seek and be open to people who you know are godly and to seek and trust their criticism. Criticism is usually the last thing we want to hear; we usually want to shut it down because it upsets us. Don’t be upset if a godly person offers you criticism because they are seeing something in your life that needs to be acknowledged and fixed.

You cannot fix problems until you acknowledge them, but so often, pride gets in the way. Instead of resisting criticism from a godly person, cherish the fact that they care enough to help you. You will never grow out of the need for other people to help you.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.