Haughty or Naughty?

“You’re good to good people,
    you shrewdly work around the bad ones.
You take the side of the down-and-out,
    but the stuck-up you take down a peg.” Samuel 22:27-28

I’m using “The Living Bible” for my morning reading. This morning my tongue tripped over the word “haughty.” It isn’t in my common Gillis vocabulary book, so I looked it up in Merriam-Webster to get examples of how the word is used in today’s society:  Christopher Borrelli of the Chicago Tribune wrote this description of an unidentified super hero: “The character is well-dressed, grips a small stick behind his back of and his right hand on a hip; his chin is tipped up and chest thrust out, a display of haughty authority.”

This reminds me of my junior high principal. He wasn’t a big man–probably shorter than I. He was mostly bald, always well-dressed, walked with authority, and not particularly approachable. I would describe him as being haughty, and if you were naughty you would come face to face with his no nonsense approach. Looking back at how junior high students can get out of control, I’m guessing his presentation in the hallways was more of a show than his actual character.

Everyone is guilty of haughty moments. It’s what makes our egos stronger and our self-worth soar. But too much ego can  make one very unpopular. It’s hard not to gloat when God sees through the haughty and takes them down a peg or two.

Lord, let us temper our egos and become more humble unto you. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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