There is a fine line where we must stop before crossing into Ego-Land. God gives us gifts, we culture them, and if we do not use the gifts as God intended, we will miss the blessing intended for us, and perhaps others will miss out too.
Mom used to say, “You are getting too big for your britches.” I think back to my days playing 3 on 3 girls basketball in Iowa. There were benchmarks of success, such as when I scored 35 in a game and got my name in the Des Moines Register and Tribune newspaper. It did feel good to be recognized for the achievement, but since it didn’t happen again, the arrogance was short-lived and only a memory remains in my scrapbook in the form of a yellowed newspaper clipping.
It takes a lot of practice and a bit of good luck to achieve big game scores in life. The wise do not let their achievements become who they are, but rather what they can do with a lot of hard work and some good luck along the way.
Without self-confidence and a degree of healthy ego, there would be less accomplishments in business, politics, sports, and relationships. I admire people in history who have been able to soar to great heights and still keep their feet on the ground.
Lord, give us enough self-confidence to make us successful without being arrogant. Amen.