There are many reasons why people find themselves in financial turmoil. Some are the result of regretful past decisions. Other times, financial challenges are the result of something completely out of a person’s control, like unforeseen medical expenses.
Whether your financial challenges are your own fault or not, pride can prevent you from climbing out of your financial pit.
Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Pride is an often-overlooked barrier to achieving financial health. Pride prevents financial health, and, sometimes, it is pride that can cause your financial pit to only deepen.
How does this happen? Here are three ways your pride is preventing financial health:
- Pride prevents you from admitting that you have a problem. Admitting any problem requires vulnerability. It requires an admittance that, maybe, you made some poor decisions, that you were wrong. And nobody likes to admit that they were wrong. For some, they just simply have difficulty admitting that they need help. We feel like we must have all the answers. But, unfortunately, we don’t.
- Pride prevents you from saying “no.” A friend asks if you want to go out to dinner. A family member wants your family to go on vacation with them. And while your finances are screaming “No!,” you don’t want your friend or family member to know about your money problems. So you grab your credit card and go out to dinner or you book a hotel room that will only exacerbate your problems.
- Pride prevents you from being frugal. You like being perceived as having it all together. You like how your friends admire your car and house. If you were to chase real, biblical financial health, changes would be required. For you, living frugal communicates failure. And though you need it, you would rather keep up the façade of success you’ve created.
Pride can prevent you from experiencing financial health. If left unchecked, pride will lead you down the path of only greater financial turmoil.
If you find yourself unable to give generously, save wisely, and live appropriately, don’t let your pride stop you from taking the necessary steps to achieving financial health.
Set aside ego. Set aside pride. And move toward financial health and living the generous life you so desire to experience.