When I Start to Think Too Highly of Myself….This Is What I Do

“Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Cor 1:31)
 
I like myself a lot and if I could be quite honest, sometimes I like myself too much. Especially when the thoughts I start to entertain about myself become puffed up and prideful. I have to be very careful not to feed my pride. Truly, those little thoughts over time can grow to become a fairly big problem in my heart and mind if I am not careful. Especially when the one taking center stage in my thoughts, is me.
 
In these moments, when I know my thoughts are becoming self-centered the remedy I have found through my repentance is imagining myself in the throne room of God. This imagery, very quickly, takes me off my self imposed pedestal as I picture myself before an almighty, powerful and majestic God. There, in His throne room, I fall before Him, recognizing that I am His servant, who truly has nothing to offer except that which He has done and is doing in me.
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Until we learn to change the dialogue in our mind away from thoughts like, “I am awesome,” or “look what I did” or “people really think I’m something,” we will begin to ascribe ourselves way too much importance.
 
This past week I had been receiving some praise from people over something I had done and so I said to the Lord, “Father, I am thankful for the encouragement of your people, but I feel as though it’s starting to go to my head. Would you please silence people’s mouths, for a time, so that I don’t start thinking too highly of myself?” God honored that prayer and for that, I am thankful, because if I could be totally honest, what I want more than anything is to put Christ on display in my life. However, I know that my flesh really wants to think way too highly of myself and make things all about me.
 
Father, I crucify my pride and my flesh. I recognize that it’s only you in me who can truly do great and mighty work. It’s not about me, forgive me when I make it all about myself. Thank you for your gifts and for your love. Create in me a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit in me, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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