To be successful in life's endeavors, we need to have self-confidence; however, it's a slippery slope. If not kept in check, that self-confidence can grow to monstrous proportions resulting in feelings of superiority. Once we reach that point, it's like a drug … we need more. We do all we can to maintain that “high,” even if it's at the expense of others...and our souls.
I've been there, and looking back brings a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I was so full of myself I failed to acknowledge those who helped and encouraged me ... but most importantly, failed to acknowledge God. I may have reached the top but I was alone … absent friends and bereft of spirit.
It's an important lesson in humility and calls to mind something I saw long ago:
So as we celebrate our many successes, let us always remember Philippians 2:1-10: