Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Da Word... 216! H before H

Hmmm, ever notice how some new hotshot will suddenly burst onto the scene and people will be going wild over him or her? Yeah, brand new to the scene and this person is just straight skyrocketing. And then suddenly.... BOOM! Crash and burn! Most then simply fade away, but then there are the few regain high esteem among many. And that time around it ain't no fad... why?


Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
- Proverbs 18:12

I love how that flows! It's got a nice ring to it. Matter of fact, it kinda sounds and feels like those other sayings, "the calm before the storm," and, "there are no atheists in foxholes." The feeling is like something huge, deep, and maybe even profound is about to take place... brace yourself! Even more, whatever it is, it feels like it will have rippling effects. Now that's what I'm talking about, something big, lasting, and brimming with tremendous impact!

Pride is a double-edged blade, we all know that. When we let it run rampant, yo we think we are the bomb and the sole reason for our every success! Sometimes it gets to the point where we can't even hear people talking to us. OH, and sometimes it's so powerful that people willingly give up their desire to speak or think on their own because anything we say or do will be golden. This state is very dangerous because the fall will be oh so precipitous. Afterall friends, that is some height, believe that.

Ahh, but the fall isn't always so bad! Why? Well, if handled correctly and with the proper perspective, we learn and incredible lesson in humility, one that cannot be taught with mere words, only experience. As a result, WATCH OUT! Armed with a new, healthy, and proper perspective, we again venture out. This time though, there is something completely different. Something people can't quite put their finger on and yet people are drawn... DRAWN. And what's more such a reaction no longer gets to our heads! This state is straight ILL! This is when those who rise from the fall gain honor, a deep, lasting, rippling honor that emboldens and inspires many upon many. This is where the ruckus commences. Let's tap into that brothers and sisters! Humility comes before honor.


- patrick