Swallowing my ego


Devin Vaudreuil, writer

I’ve done some pretty hard things in my life. I’ve run a marathon, I’ve backpacked the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and I’ve ridden 60 miles on a bike, in which I got a total of 6 flat tires because of the same rock lodged in my tire.

But the hardest thing I’ve ever done, mentally, that tops them all, is apologize to my younger brother. Yeah, most of us do it when our parents tell us to, but have you ever done it when you and your sibling are the only witnesses? That’s so impossibly hard for humans. Why? Because of pride.

Humanity has this giant thing called an ego, and we hate it when it’s knocked down a notch or two, but when we have to swallow it? Give me cough syrup any day.

Luke 14:11 says that “God gives more grace. Therefore, it says ‘God opposes the proud, but favors the humble.'”

God gives grace to those who realize they are wrong, and it takes a lot less energy than trying to prove you’re right every single time.