I was reading the book of Proverbs chapter 22 today (being 22nd November 2006) when I found this favorite verse in verse 4 which says “The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.” This is so pertinent for me, that whatever we do, either working for our boss or attending to clients and customers, we need to observe humility and not to think that you are better than the other fellow. That is pride and as written in the Bible, “Pride goes before a downfall.” And “the Lord detest the proud and haughty in heart.” It is also written, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Another verse from Proverbs 22 that speaks out to me today is verse 24 which says “Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, 25. lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.” When I was working in Singapore, I used to be hot tempered and having pride. That’s because I was in close association with someone I know who easily gives in to anger and extremely jealous. Inadvertently, I learnt of her ways and got myself ensnared and could not get along with people. I also think too highly of myself. When I realized my mistake, I decided not to be closely associated with this person as it was to my disadvantage than a blessing from past experiences.