I bought a song on iTunes just so my children could hear the original version of a song I like to sing. The song is by country singer Mac Davis and is entitled “Hard to be Humble.” I am sure some of the older generation can remember this song with me. The chorus says, “Oh, Lord it is hard to be humble. When you’re perfect in every way.”
I sing the lyrics occasionally as a joke when I have done something right. I laugh. My kids roll their eyes. Life moves on because we know I am only joking.
The problem is that we live in a world of self-promotion. My Facebook feed is full of people telling me of all their accomplishments. If they are not bragging about their lives then they are shamelessly promoting their children victories.
It is easy to fall into the trap of pride. I know because I feel the draw towards it in my own soul. I want to brag about my accomplishments. I want people to praise my parenting. I want my name to be known above other people.
The Bible is very clear that pride is a sin. God opposes the proud (James 4:6) and pride comes before destruction (Proverbs 16:18).
There is a simple reason for us being humble according to the Bible. It is because we are not the product of our own efforts. God gives us the blessings of our life. It is God who gave us our talents and abilities. It is God who opened and closed doors throughout our lives. It is God who gave us healthy children that can accomplish the tasks set before them.
It’s hard to sit quietly on the sidelines while people are shouting infinite praises into a world that drinks it up. My friend says, “I would like to be more humble, but I am afraid no one will notice.” I think I know exactly what he means. We even want praise for not wanting praise. What a twisted world. And yet God calls us to push back against pride and live quiet humble lives. He even gives us this promise in James 4:10 (NIV) “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
If I were to rewrite Mac Davis song for today I would keep much of it the same. I might add a line like “Oh, Lord it’s hard to be humble when you’re surrounded by pride in every way.”