I’ve noticed my but is getting big.
I mean it is getting almost out of control.
Now, for those of you that are a little bent out of shape right now, make sure you go back and count the number of T’s in the “but” that I used. I’m not talking about my gluteus maximumI’m talking about that little word that gets tagged onto most ever sentence we speak now a days.
This little conjunction in the middle of conversations may seem innocent at first glance, when in reality it is a huge problem.
Our buts truly get in the way of a whole lot of things in our lives because they are usually a red flag that a justification, excuse, or counterpoint is coming next.
Let me give you some examples:
- I know that I shouldn’t move in with her before we’re married, BUT it’s too expensive to live apart.
- I know that I should forgive him, BUT he was the one that started it!
- I know I should look for a job, BUT I don’t want to just take any job!
- I know I should go to church, BUT I need a day where I can just do what I want to do.
- I know I could do more with the money I make, BUT I work hard for it and I should be able spend it how I want to.
Have you been able to identify where all that but swelling is coming from?
It’s our pride.
Pride that feels that we deserve something God isn’t providing. Pride that makes our position superior to everyone else. Pride that naively places us in control of our universe. Prides that screams for our happiness over our holiness.
Pride that sucks God out of our life and replaces it with us.
Proverbs talks about pride’s effects.
“Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.
Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed
than to share plunder with the proud.”
Pride always leads to destruction even if you look like you are successful. The reason is that the carnage that is left in the wake of your success shows you are actually a failure.
Relationships are destroyed, time is wasted, money is squandered, and life is devalued on the road called pride. The only way you can maintain your proud facade is to fill your life with enough “buts” that you fool yourself and don’t have to look in the mirror.
What we need is some humble Pilates to work those buts down to size.
The best cure for a proud spirit is to humble our self before God and repent of our selfishness. Allow God’s spirit to fill us with the peace that surpasses all understanding and rest contently in Him not who we think we should be.
I know I need to work my but off a lot and I still screw it up, but I also know the pursuit of a but-less life is always drawing me closer to God and who He wants me to be.
So get out there and work your but off!!!!