Greed & Pride: the dream killers
Greed as defined by oxford Advanced Learners dictionary as a strong desire for more wealth, possessions, power etc than a person needs while pride is defined as a feeling that you are better or more important than other people. And the word of God said in the holy book “pride goes before destruction”.
I’ve learnt over the years that what lead to pride is weakness, self complex as a result of not being able to meet up with certain things in life and probably you find yourself where you least expected in life or achieve a result you least dreamt of or worked hard for. The more battle you face in life, the more challenged you become, a man designed for a great glory will experience a greater challenge compare to a commoner. Each time you strive hard and nothing seems to work, get back to the drawing board if it require starting all over again don’t hesitate, because there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Many times we are carried away with the euphoria, that we are this we are that, meanwhile we live in our past, because at present nothing is actually available. The time you are most celebrated is the time to do a self check to be sure you are living up to expectation and you will not fail your people.
There are occasion when our dream disturb our actions, this is the most dangerous time in the life a great dreamer, if pride takes him he might miss it, but if he has the grace to re-examine self, he might discover that there is difference between your dream and reality in sight. Sometimes our goal and future that we are privileged to know make us feel proud that we miss golden opportunities because we feel we know better than the people that made it available. No doubt we may know better but despite all the gift and efficiency we do not possess what they possess, and most time what they possess is what we needed to move to our next level, but pride can harm us when we feel we don’t need it with confidence that we can get it. Yes we can but not at the time it was available on platter of gold, to get it we will work extra and if care is not taken we may not get it till we retire to fate.
My mother use to say “eni ti ko se bi alaaru loyingbo; kole se bu adegboro loja oba” interpreted as “he who fails to work effectively when expected will not be celebrated as at when due” so we need to understand the time to sow which is even clearly stated in the word of God. Most people that are mostly affected by pride are the naturally gifted people, and its even common amongst men of God that at a point they start hearing themselves instead of God voice and yet they still believe they are still important, they talk with pride and they celebrate material things instead of looking unto God the author and the finisher of our faith, they celebrate the material gains of this world and they use that as testimony.
Alas! Pride and greed are brothers, they move together, moment pride set into a life, greed move along because they have something in common. The more you celebrate yourself the more you love to acquire more and the more you go down the drain, a prideful person can never be contented he will always want more so as to be at an advantage to oppressed those he perceived as enemies. Pride! A dream killer, greed! Absolutely life destroyer, many creatures, never reached half of their dream due to pride, and many died of greed because they don’t understand leaving the stage when ovation is loudest. Christ is a symbol of humility to the Christians as Mohammed is to the Muslims, what we read about the two of them indicates how level headed and kindhearted they were, their love for people and not materialism, they crave for life rather than wealth, their quest for souls rather than prosperity. Many are perishing today because they live in the euphoria of being a born again Christian not knowing that they have backslide due to pride and greed for materials of life. Many spiritual leaders are mislead, many are spiritually dead thinking they are still spiritually filled because miracles still happens, anyone can do miracle, we saw it in the book of genesis, so miracle does not say anyone is a man of God, let us check our self, examine our spirit if we are truly not being ruined by pride and greed. These two killers are brothers and they move together to destroy. Beware!
Adegbuyi, Adejare Olawale