That is the Question

By Dan Polecheck

Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right.

Pride is concerned with who is right.
Humility is concerned with what is right.

He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. – Colossians 1:28

Maturity or Immaturity? That is the question. Whether ’tis nobler to suffer the hurt and pains of criticism, or to take out the weapons of pride to do battle….Ay, there’s the rub! For in the correction of our worldly mistakes, we suffer the shame in front of our peers, but the certainty of failing to humble thyself, the wrath of the God we pursue shall be upon us.

I don’t think there is a person alive that likes to hear that they are wrong. As soon as we are that dirty little “p” word jumps up and bears its ugly head. Pride will help us to find fault in the person that so unfairly attacked us. Then we can feel better about ourselves.

Maturity helps us to handle these situations. But these actions don’t sound that mature. Probably because they are not. Our pride will always get us in trouble.

Throughout the Bible we can find passages that tell us to humble ourselves. God wants us to take our pride and get out of our own way so that we can work together with other individuals and become more mature Christians.

Age and social status don’t have anything to do with maturity. True maturity is reached when you reach your full potential and I can assure you that most of us are not quite there yet and we aren’t going to get there alone.

God wants us to work as a community to help each other, hold each other accountable, and humble ourselves so that we can accept the lessons that can be learned from listening to others.

Constructive criticism can be good or bad, depending upon how we receive it. But it does help us to reach the maturity that God wants to see in all of us.

A mature Christian will think more about helping another to achieve greatest than he does about the greatness for himself. Remember, our goal is not just to get to Heaven, but to help others get there also.

My apologies to the writings of William Shakespeare.