It is always comparing itself to another. It finds HAPPINESS when it finds someone, to its own perception, that they are taller then, further along from, or greater then (mind you, from its own estimation or by it own comparisons used).
This is the ALL CONSUMING BUSINESS of PRIDE. Pride SWELLS when a successful comparison is made. And while it takes a “Licking” at times when it is shown up, or shown by all measurements to be “Less then” – it continues to LIVE.
Pride also WEARS many COSTUMES.
Depending on the audience at hand it will often adapt. However Pride is dressed, it is still about the same objective and about the same game. It is often seen in “SPIRITUAL” garb – thats right, halo on the noggin and wings taped on the back. In this role, it first figures out the ground rules (which is to say, it finds out what other PRIDEFUL people deem as successful, or “further along”) and it gets busy.
Humility, on the other hand is quite different… in fact the OPPOSITE of Pride. Humility has thrown away the yardstick and burned the costumes.
Humility doesn’t draw comparisons to others, in fact, Humility DOESN’T PLAY the GAME!
Humility has had a revelation, which has led them to see who they are, not by Pride’s standard, but by God’s. They used to be clothed as Pride, lived as Pride and is acutely aware of Pride’s Way. They have SURRENDERED to God’s Way.
Humility has discovered that its not about where you’ve been, or how much you know as compared to others. Humility now knows that God is pleased when they simply are about the BUSINESS of Being where OTHERS ARE… right there. Its not even the concern of Humility if they “further along”, what matters is walking alongside others where THEY ARE AT. Humility is HAPPY and CONTENT to see others the way God sees them and to be busy about LOVING THEM the Way God Loves them.
In 1 John 1:3 – “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.