“In his pride the wicked does not seek Him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.”
– Psalm 10:4
Have you ever had a time in your coaching career when you began to think too highly of yourself? Maybe you won the “big game” against your bitter rival or completed an undefeated season. Maybe you received that coveted “Coach of the Year” award given by the local media. It’s so easy to fall in love with ourselves and our accomplishments. Usually, something or someone brings us back to earth from our prideful journey. Speedy Morris, former men’s basketball coach at La Salle University tells this story. “When I first got the job at La Salle, the phone rang and my wife told me it was Sports Illustrated. I cut myself shaving and fell down the steps in my rush to get to the phone. When I got there, a voice on the other end said, ‘For just seventy-five cents an issue….”’
Without question, there is a little Speedy Morris in each of us. God’s Word is also full of men and women who suffered greatly due to misplaced pride. We must be on guard and remind ourselves daily that He is the giver of all things good. Our challenge is to humble ourselves before God every day. We must always give Him the praise He deserves and pray that He will use us in mighty ways for His glory.
Heavenly Father, remind me today that You are always big and I am always small. Keep me humble and help me to keep my eyes on You. Amen.