I’ve been thinking on this topic a little of late, so thought I’d share some thoughts with you.
I first started really thinking on this due to the 30day squat challenge I’m currently doing. I’m on day 29, so basically finished, but I said in my insta post today that I was ‘quite proud of myself’ for having reached this point and having done EVERY day’s set amount of squats. As I said in the post, I really did wonder if I’d give the tick that I’d done the amount for that day, when maybe I hadn’t quite done the total.
I thought this, not out of a fear of laziness on my part, but the fact that when, on day 1, and only 50 squats were required, I’d look forward to those big numbers of over 100 for most days, & wonder if I’d achieve that every single day.
To be where I am now, one day from the end, and having achieved every day’s amount is quite amazing to me. I’m blown away by what my body has achieved.
As I’ve said before, I do love accountability… it drives me, keeps me focused and on track… so these types of challenges are really great for me…. and making them public just cements my desire to achieve it. But not so that I can hear ‘well done’ from others… but so that they can maybe see themselves doing the same, achieving similar benefits etc.
So, this is what lead me to the train of though in regards to accomplishment.. and whether being proud of your achievements is showing a lack of humility.
We know that being humble is a BIG BIG BIG part of being a follower of Christ. In order to become a Christian, we need to be humble enough to admit we’re a sinner, die to self, love our neighbour as ourselves.. and heaven forbid (🤣) , love our enemies. It’s hard to do those things if you are prideful.
When we think, and being right in that thought, that being prideful is a sin… then what do we do in a situation where we feel proud of an accomplishment? I think the key is to constantly remember that we only achieve the things we do, in and through the strength of our Saviour. Several days of this squat challenge I remember verbally thanking Jesus for giving me the strength to actually do some 200+ squats, as there have been days when I simply could not have done it on my own strength.
I particularly think of a day late last week when I had a bad head cold. I am still amazed, looking back, that I still did the amount for that day. Thankfully though, the absolute worst day of the head cold did happen to be a rest day in the challenge (Praise Jesus !).
Another important distinction is that having DElIGHT in your achievements is not being prideful… knowing that your work will result in further good things is something to delight in. Delighting in the fact that your body has achieved something you doubted , or didn’t know, it could do, is also recognising the amazing God created body that you are blesssed to have. The fine line though would be if you are delighting in others NOTICING your achievements.
“So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot,” (Ecc. 3:22).
To clarify, we need to pull that apart a little, as if we enjoy others raving about our achievements simply because we like others to think well of us, than that’s pride right there.. but if others can gain by witnessing our accomplishments, than that is furthering God’s work through us.
Another big thing .. and one that seems to be a very notable point with me, is the difference between Thankfulness and entitlement. I’m not entitled to a strong, healthy body that allows me to achieve these things… I am THANKFUL to have a strong healthy body that can achieve these things. Constantly finding the path that leads back to Jesus is your sure fire way to stay humble.
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD,” (Job 1:21).
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