Happy New Year to you all. It already feels like we are back to ‘normality’. Something ‘struck’ me during my reading this morning in Genesis 11: it is very easy to start something noble and well-meaning which often deteriorates with disastrous circumstances.
3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
As soon as they stumbled upon success, pride took over and rather than desiring a very reasonable improvement of their living conditions – they wanted fame. Pride has such a sneaky way of creeping in. We see it so often in ‘celebrities’. They get their 15 minutes of fame, and often we are very sympathetic.
They get some financial reward that enables them to secure a better home or support their families. But often, it all ‘goes to their heads’, they begin to believe their agents’ hype and become very unpleasant and arrogant characters.
And just as you might think that I am judgmental – I know this does happen to me too – at a smaller scale obviously. A ‘victory’ of any sorts can easily breed pride. I might not want to build my empire but I often become self-sufficient, ego (Edging God Out) fully enthroned.
If you read the story further in Genesis 11 – it all ends up in tears. A stark lesson and a helpful reminder. If you are a leader/entrepreneur – this is a point of vulnerability – remind yourself that life is not about you, your name and your fame but HIM and HIS renown. After all – He made you, gave you the skills and surely He gave you that ‘big break’…