Vainglory, Obsolete?

Vainglory is an old-timey word, like ice box or gallivant.  Obsolete or not, I have a longstanding relationship with being smug about my achievements.


The other day a transaction that should’ve taken 10 minutes, took almost an hour. At first, snarky thoughts surfaced. Perhaps you know the private amusement in thinking things like, “Surely I’m not the first customer to ask this question!” and “I filled out the form last week. Pull out the form!” and so on. Yeah, I’m sick.


The staff person left to find her boss for help. Waiting, I absorbed the noisy, bad-smelling environment, noticed lines of people needing assistance, phones ringing, staff elbowing each other for the computer. No doubt they receive meager pay (if any). I was overcome with a softened heart and mind. My muscles relaxed.


Finally, she answered my question. Voice wavering, I said, “Thank you for doing what you do.”  Her demeanor softened, too.


That moment could’ve spawned vainglory, as in, “I’m freakin’ rocking this Christian stuff!” but I know it was Holy Spirit who had worked in me, changing my attitude and chemistry.


Gratitude is the antidote to vainglory. Thank you, Jesus.

About beth

I started this blog in 2011 shortly after I finally opened my heart and mind to Jesus as a last resort. My intent with this blog is to share what I learn and feel along my path with Jesus.
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1 Response to Vainglory, Obsolete?

  1. Susan Stewart says:

    It’s very uncomfortable to realize that without the Holy Spirit, the only thing I would be “rockin”is ugly selfish thoughts and actions. And yes, gratitude is the answer!

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