Pr 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Pr 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
In the summer of 1986, two ships collided in the Black Sea off the coast of Russia. Hundreds of passengers died as they were hurled into the icy waters below. News of the disaster was further darkened when an investigation revealed the cause of the accident. It wasn’t a technology problem like radar malfunction–or even thick fog. The cause was human stubbornness. Each captain was aware of the other ship’s presence nearby. Both could have steered clear, but according to news reports, neither captain wanted to give way to the other. Each was too proud to yield first. By the time they came to their senses, it was too late.
Closer Walk, December, 1991.
My dad, a naval officer of 32 years used to say: ‘In life, course corrections can be brutal, but shipwrecks are worse!’
Remain teachable – none of us has ‘arrived’
33 Hear instruction and be wise,
And do not disdain it.
‘Father God, where we have become legends in our own mind, in our own selfishness and pride, please help us to change course, before we are destroyed, and destroy others. Jesus, save us, have mercy, Amen!’