© 2018 Bill Murphy ￼
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. Mark 7:21-23 (KJV)
Pride can be a spin-off from personal status or accomplishment. God puts pride in the same group as other deadly sins.
To be honest, I truthfully have neither done – nor been – anything which would cause me to be overcome with pride. I’ve never deserved the keys to the city, a legislative proclamation, or a brass plaque.
Can stating a lack of pride be a prideful boast?
I’ve won a few model airplane building contest, and I lettered in football in the 9th grade. Oh, and I had my photo taken with Philip Morris’ Little Johnny, Brenda Lee and Vanna White. (Not all at the same time.)
My childhood hero was Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier. Years ago, before the National Air and Space Museum was built, and when my hero’s aircraft, the Bell X-1 was housed at ground level in an outbuilding of the Smithsonian – I ran my hot little hands down the side of that treasured piece of history. My heart DID swell with childish pride that happy day!
But I don’t think that patting an airplane is what “my proudest moment” was supposed to be about.
If my memory serves me well, the year was 1983, and the month was December. It was a typical Sunday morning, and we were at church. It was a large church, easily having 500 or more in attendance at every service. Our 4 daughters ranged in age from 12 to 17.
As church was over, and we were gathering up the kids to go home, our youngest daughter gleefully ran up to us, her face beaming with joy. “Guess what?” she exclaimed. “Today in Sunday School, we studied about Mary. At the end of class we took a vote on who, in our Sunday School class, God would probably choose to be the mother of Baby Jesus if He were to be born today. And they elected ME!”
To Molly, that was a singularly high honor. She was as giddy as if she’d won the lottery. But to her father, it was one of the proudest moments of my life.
My proudest moment was not something I did – but a vote of confidence received by my youngest child.
Does that count – while maintaining at least some degree of innocence?