Pr. 18:12: “Before the destruction of the heart of a man is haughty, and before honor is humility.”
I learned the physical application of this verse when I was about 10 or 11. I had gone swimming at my best friend’s house. As I was riding my bike home, I noticed some neighborhood kids playing baseball in the yard of my neighbor. Now, keep in mind that the neighborhood kids were always jealous that I got to swim in her in-ground pool, but then again, they never really wanted to be her friend any other time.
So, here I come, riding my bike in my bathing suit. It was obvious where I’d been. I wanted to rub it in that I’d gone swimming and they didn’t, so I made a big show of waving at them. While I was haughtily showing off, I neglected to see the baseball stuck in a hole in the road. Yep.
Next thing I knew, I experienced an intense jarring and flew over the handlebars of my bike. My knee was torn open and my neighbor’s dad literally had to carry me home.
That was my lesson about how being haughty leads to destruction. I still remember it quite vividly.
Learn from my mistake. 🙂
Still have the scar to prove it,