Book: Proverbs 11
“Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
Pride gets in the way of receiving wisdom as it assumes it already knows what it needs to know. Humility opens up the opportunity to learn and receive wisdom. This does not mean we need to be “door mats”, but rather understand we do not know everything and still need to learn.
I have often told couples that are getting married that they need to be students of their spouse for the rest of their lives. This means that they need to humble themselves and understand that they have much to learn about their partner. When this happens they have a stronger marriage and make wise decisions together and individually. My wife and I have been married for over 25 years and we are still learning wonderful things about each other.
In the workplace or ministry, be a student of your customers, and fellow employee’s and see what you learn. I heard recently of a small business that observed and listened to their customers needs resulting in them starting a second business to meet those needs. That second business was sold for 15 million dollars. I have seen ministries who have wanted to reach a particular group of people and did not have a breakthrough until they humbled themselves of thinking they knew the best way of doing this. Once they listened to the people/group and understood them better, they then had great success.
Today, ask the Lord where there is pride in your life and then confess that to Him. Then ask Him to help you identify who you need to be a student of so that you will have the wisdom to lead well.