“The ego problem is a character problem…It destroys relationships because it is self-centered. It is the antithesis of humility.” Unbeatable! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence
The word ‘ego’ has been appearing quite a number of times in my life recently, both in my readings and in conversations. Part of that reason is that I’ve been intentionally studying the effects of ego, both from a spiritual and secular perspective. The research is consistent: ego is dangerous. Its siblings are arrogance, hubris, conceit and narcissism. Its focus is on the self, on appearances, on image. It is overly concerned with how others view you.
I have drawn great inspiration from the New Testament figure, John the Baptist, who had the honour of preparing the pathway for Jesus’ public ministry. His words ring deep and can easily be memorized. In referring to Christ, the Messiah, he says: “He must become greater. I must become less.” Amazing. There are not many sources, whether biblical or extra-biblical that capture the heart of humility like that passage in the third chapter of John’s Gospel. Less of me, more of Jesus, the perfect man, excellent in everything and faultless. Jesus had no ego problem. He was and is the epitome of humility and when mistreated, he typically responded with silence. In his mind, God would take care of justice. Man’s opinion of him simply did not matter.
In the upcoming week, you are likely to be misrepresented, misread, misheard or misunderstood. Don’t try to clarify the situation or justify yourself. Leave it alone.
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