I Put Me High Up on a Pedestal

Today I’m writing for Five Minute Friday, where we write flat out for five minutes, unedited, on a one-word prompt. Join the fun with your own post or just read what others have done with their 300 seconds. Check it out at http://lisajobaker.com/category/five-minute-friday/ Today’s word is Fall.  It amazes me how each week’s word is smack on to what’s happening in my life at that particular moment.  A God thing?  Hmmm, I’m thinking, yes.

There’s a real danger in listening to what people say about you.  When what they say is negative, the danger is obvious.  It tears down your self esteem.  It demoralizes you.  It fills you with self-doubt and self-hatred.

But what about when what they say is positive?  Is really good?  Is, in fact, wonderful?  How can that be dangerous?

It’s dangerous because you start to believe it.

You start to believe you’re all that. You start to believe you’re God’s gift to {fill in the blank}.  And pretty soon you find yourself way up high on a self-constructed pedestal.

And oh, the world is beautiful from up here.  Because everyone loves you.  Everyone looks up to Imageyou, and you can look down on them in that beneficent and magnanimous way that you’ve now developed from that lofty perch, on all your little minions down there.  You can shower them all with your smiles and your words of wisdom and accept their worship and adoration as your right, while still maintaining that cloak of humility you’ve so carefully wrapped yourself up in.

You know the one.  The one where you “Aw, shucks,” your way out of all the compliments that come your way, while secretly eating them up.

The one where you adamantly deny that you’re any different than anyone else (while inside you’re basking in the knowledge that you are so very special).

Yeah.  That one.

First you start listening.  Then you start believing.  Pretty soon you’re way up on that pedestal you’ve built for yourself.

And then you fall.

It’s inevitable.  It always happens.  Don’t think for a minute that you can stay up there, because you can’t.

So don’t listen to what other people say.  Listen to what God says.

God says, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.”  (Phil. 2:3.)

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6 Responses to I Put Me High Up on a Pedestal

  1. Yes, I love this! We need to search the word and look at what He says about us. We need to focus on God esteem rather than self esteem. If we did, everything would fall into place.
    I’m your neighbor at Five Minute Friday. I enjoyed your post:).

    • Susan says:

      Thanks, Jennifer. It’s so easy to get caught up in what the world thinks, even when that’s not a bad thing. Even when they think we’re “good” because it’s Christ they see in us. Because once we start believing it’s US, then it stops being HIM. The fall isn’t fun, but the view is so much better nestled in God’s arms than up on that stupid pedestal I built! 🙂

  2. this is one of those ouch posts we all need on a regular basis. thanks for stepping on my toes today!

  3. Eileen says:

    Great reminder, Susan!

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