14 Nov Pride and Its Poison
When I was a young kid I always loved the fact that I was from Irish decent. I loved the connection of history with Boston, how our ancestors traveled across the Atlantic ocean to the new free world that had been established. I took great pride in the things that were related to my Irish heritage, rooting for Notre Dame and couldn’t wait to get
an Irish tattoo. Sure enough, as soon as I turned 18, I went out and paid $120 for a tattoo with an Irish flag, two shamrocks and my last name across the middle: to me it was a great event. What was the driving force behind making such a decision? It wasn’t my interest in tattoos as much as it was my PRIDE in being Irish.
One thing that I believe we can all agree upon is that by nature we have a certain level of pride. Now this pride might not manifest in the same way for everyone. For some it’s pride in their work (nothing wrong with this, and I will be writing a blog next called “Pride and its Passion.”) or pride in their wonderful family. Sometimes pride is boastful and braggadocios and leaves a distaste in many people’s mouths. Pride comes in different forms and some personalities are more attracted to this trait than others.
Many people work hard their entire lives to achieve a dream, to be someone they have always wanted to be and even for those who don’t, the last thing they are thinking about as a child is “I want to grow up to be an addict.” But addiction doesn’t know any boundaries. It doesn’t say that just because you are a successful businessman/woman, artist, politician etc., that you cannot become addicted. Addiction has crushed many dreams, torn apart families, and has literally killed millions of people. Excuse the morbidity but I am trying to make a point.
Often it is addict’s own pride that keeps them from seeking the treatment that they need. Maybe we are too proud of our accomplishments and the way people view us. If it went public that we were struggling people would label us a junkie. Surely, I am not as bad as this person or that person. Is it possible that we are too proud to admit that we have an issue and that it is something we think we have control over? Either way this kind of pride can kill us, because it supersedes the humility needed to get treatment and when we don’t, addiction can take a fatal turn.
Hopefully if you are reading this article, you can relate to what I am trying to say. Maybe you are someone who is struggling with addiction as you read this. Do you feel that you have control of your addiction and that you are not like the other people you know that are addicted? Are things such as disappointing family or friends, your career, dreams, spouse or something else holding you back because you are too prideful to admit that you are struggling? Let me encourage you, it is honorable to come forward and say enough is enough; I want my feelings back, I want my life back. Admitting that you need help can help you become a far greater person than you could ever imagine.
May God break the chains of addiction from you and may you repent of your sin and allow Jesus to lift you up. Because He is strong enough and will provide more than the strength you need to break the bondage of addiction.