Justice-Seeking: The bad kind of pride.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
What does it mean to be proud? Is it feeling good about a job well done? Is it self-respect? Or self-esteem? I once received a congratulations card from a friend saying that she was "proud" of me, and in parentheses she wrote "the good kind." What she wrote highlighted what we know about pride-there is a good kind and a bad kind.
Self-esteem or self-respect gone awry can become the bad kind of pride. But it seems that the pride that the Bible warns us about can be subtler than this. It is an almost sub-conscious sense of entitlement that says, "Because I am who I am, or I have what I have, I am better than you and I deserve more than you."
Because this is so subtle, parents need take care that they are not creating an environment where their children will absorb attitudes toward themselves and others that are really pride in disguise. This can't be done without prayer and the help of the Holy Spirit. Pray that God will give you a teachable spirit that is open to recognize, confess, and repent under the guidance of the Spirit so that the only pride that exists in your home is rooted in the cross of Christ (Galatians 6:14).
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Who is the director of the school play?
Q. What role is given to Liz?
A. Old Ben.
Q. What is Morrie's job?
A. Building the sets.
Q. What does Miss Wattle warn Liz about?
Q. Who plays Old Ben when Liz is replaced?
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Read 1 Peter 5:5. Why do you think God opposes the proud?
The dictionary offers these synonyms for proud—arrogant, haughty, overbearing, disdainful. These describe attitudes and actions that are diametrically opposed to the love we are to show God and our neighbors. The Bible warns us that pride brings disgrace (Proverbs 11:2), breeds quarrels (Proverbs 13:10), and displeases God (Proverbs 8:13). As Christians we recognize we have no reason for pride. As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 10:17, "Let those who boast boast in the Lord." (See also Philippians 2:1-4.)