When we live in pride, we’re like a triathlete racing with iron shackles on our ankles while the key to the shackles is in our hand! Our pride destroy us; but humility gives us riches, honor and life. (Proverbs 16:18; 22:4) God is the author of our freedom, but we don’t experience the benefits freedom until we learn to live in humility. Humility is NOT possessing a pious, self-deprecating sense of self. C.S. Lewis said: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.” A humble spirit grows in us as we learn to acknowledge the glorious magnitude of our Father and the profound privilege it is to be His child. The Book of Isaiah beautifully captures the sweet essence of this relationship: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine….you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you…everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made…I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King…the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.” (Isaiah 43) When we begin to know God, we begin to see how Almighty He is and how incredibly deep His loving care for us is; and then, we become ever so humbly grateful to Him. This transforms us. It changes our perspective about God and others. Above all, we desire to love Him and love others. Our desire for our own recognition becomes a poor substitute for glorifying God when we’re living in the joy of all that He made us to be. We take the key God placed in our hands when He saved us and we unlock those painful shackles of pride. We run fast and free. God becomes the wind at our back, the light to guide us and the love inside us. We were created for His glory–not our own.