Pride Goes Before a Fall

One of Chelsea's favorite TV shows is Masterchef. Now, when I first heard of this show, I thought it sounded like one of the most boring ideas ever. A bunch of people cook and bake a bunch of things and get eliminated based on how they do, finally leaving only one "Masterchef." Well, I'll have to admit, it's not as boring as it sounds. Somehow cooking food competitively is rather exciting! But what tends to be even more interesting is the interaction of the contestants and how they individually deal with stress. It's also interesting to see the personalities of the different "home cooks." One of the girls on this season was honestly really good. She was an incredible baker and could easily have won the entire thing. The problem was that she knew it. She was constantly talking about how she would come out on top of a challenge and how her stuff would always be the best. And every time, she did. I began to wonder if she would actually get away with it or if her pride would catch up with her. Well, in one of the recent episodes, she chose to go head-to-head with one of the other contestants on baking a cake. She was trying to send the other girl home, but through a fluke lapse in judgment, she made a mistake that ended up sending her home instead.

In the book of Proverbs we read, "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18). It's ok to be confident. It's ok to be good at something. But when we let it go to our head, we are setting ourselves up for failure. Remember that every talent you have, every ability you acquire, is a resource you are managing for God. He's the one who has supplied you with these things so you can bring honor and glory to Him. If we forget that and start thinking that we are doing everything in our own strength and for our own glory, we are one step away from disaster. It may look like we're doing well, but in the end, pride always goes before a fall.