Fearful of demonstrating prideful behavior, a young reader asked if it is okay to be happy in his athletic accomplishments.
Recently, I purchased a keyboard. For years, I had played guitar and bass, but I wanted to learn to play keyboard for musical composition purposes. At first, that long row of black and white keys absolutely befuddled me, but in time, the instrument began making sense. I am still a novice and have a long way to go before I would be considered proficient, but I am taking pleasure in what I have learned thus far.
I am convinced that pride is the vilest sin in the Bible. An excellent study in pride is found in the Old Testament book of Daniel. I will not tell you the story; rather, I am hoping you will read it for yourself, but the account involves King Nebuchadnezzar, an ancient monarch who was steeped in pride. How God handles this arrogant man’s pride will no doubt surprise you. In fact, I am going to encourage you to read the entire book of Daniel (don’t worry—it is a short book!) because the prophet Daniel is also a study in humility.
But back to your question. C.S. Lewis reminded us that humility is not a pretty woman calling herself ugly. Humility is not in a clever person claiming to be stupid. And if I may add my own sports related examples. humility is not a Hall of Fame pitcher denigrating his unhittable one hundred mile per hour fastball. Humility is not a golfer pretending that the hole in one shot never happened. Humility is knowing that the source of our accomplishments on the job, in the classroom, on the playing field, in the studio, or at the keyboard come from God. As long as you give credit to Him and not boast of yourself, you will do well.