There is a story about a bishop, back in the days when people traveled by horse and buggy, who had two horses named Pride and Prejudice. People often told him that they thought it was awful that a bishop should be drawn hither and thither by Pride and Prejudice. He reassured them that it was a wonderful thing that a Bishop would have Pride and Prejudice under control.
That’s a wonderful thing for any of us, wouldn’t it! Think about how often our pride gets in the way of our relationships: when it must be our way – or no way; when we won’t give an inch – or even listen to another point of view. Or, for others of us, when we are too proud to ask for help.
Jesus once said in Matthew 16, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”
I think he meant at least in part that if we cling too tightly to ego, to self, and to our own wants at the expense of others, we will never find deep and meaningful life. On the other hand, if we let go of our pride, our prejudice and ego, there is deep and abundant life awaiting.
Let us pray: God of hope, we all struggle with pride and prejudice at one level or another. We need your help. And so we ask you today to show us today any areas in our lives that we need to surrender to you. Help us let go of any pride, prejudice or ego that hurts our relationships with others or with you. We ask in Jesus name. Amen.