Poetry

Pride

I just started reading a new book that I already am in love with.  “Unoffendable” by Brant Hansen.  There are several things I’d love to quote already just from the first chapter.  But, I will try not to quote the whole book.  🙂  What I’m writing here is not something I’m preaching to others but something I’m being convicted of myself.  Our pride/ego is a tricky thing.  It has it’s purpose and place but sure knows how to sneak in all the wrong places too.  First my poem, then quotes from the book:

Pride

We need it

And love it

We despise it

And accuse it

When it’s inflated

We feel like a king

When it’s injured

We feel the sting

It is just one piece

And not the whole

So forgive the injury

And let your pride go

 

And now from “Unoffendable”

“We won’t often admit this, but we like being angry.  We don’t like what caused the anger, to be sure; we just like thinking we’ve “got” something on someone.  So-and-so did something wrong, sometimes horribly wrong, and anger offers us a sense of moral superiority.”

And I love this next one,

“I’m me.  I tend to side with me.  My arguments are amazingly convincing to me.”

And finally,

“Anger is extraordinarily easy.  It’s our default setting.  Love is very difficult.  Love is a miracle.”