we’re all the same, made of hair and bones and water and blood cells
and we’re all to blame for spending way too much time on ourselves
ashes to ashes and dust to dust
“Abracadavers“, by The Classic Crime
In regards to pride, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf has said:
Pride is sinful … because it breeds hatred or hostility and places us in opposition to God and our fellowmen. At its core, pride is a sin of comparison, for though it usually begins with ‘Look how wonderful I am and what great things I have done,’ it always seems to end with ‘Therefore, I am better than you.’
It is said that pride cometh before the fall. Pride is often the first sin on the road to many others. Elevating ourselves, whether individually, as groups, or as a society in general has led us to a generation of envy, greed, and hardheartedness. It has led to a society that does not believe it needs God. We often forget just who we are, that we are all alike and needful. King Benjamin advises us to retain humility and remember that we are all equal in God’s eyes.
Mosiah 4:19 reads,
For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?
Everything we have belongs to God. Our materials, our strength and energy, all comes from the same Being that gave us life and continues each day to lend us breath to continue living. Ultimately, we are nothing.
Do not get me wrong though. I don’t mean to bring us down. As I talked about in a previous post, we are the children of God. We are divine. We have great potential, but it is only through God and Jesus Christ that we may attain the greatness we are capable of.
I testify that without God we are indeed nothing, and capable of achieving nothing. With God, however, we can become great. He is the source of our life and each blessing we enjoy. May we not let pride get the best of us. When we do anything, it is not by our own strength but by the strength of our God. I know this to be true.