30 Fruits of Pride

Okay, so there is no so-called tree of pride, but there certainly are fruits of it. If the root of your tree is pride, then everything coming out from it is bad, its trunk, the branches, the leaves, and these 30 fruits:

 

  1. I’m embarrassed when I make a mistake. I don’t want to look bad in front of anyone, so I’ll pass on that activity. 
  2. I worry about the future, for myself, my kids, my friends, my country, the world. I find it hard to trust anyone.
  3. I must have everything near perfect. If things aren’t, I feel bad and sometimes even angry at myself and others. I have a hard time letting it go.
  4. I seek man’s approval more than God’s. 
  5. I compare myself to other people. I feel I’m worth more when I do better than someone else.
  6. I’d rather receive the recognition than someone else. I feel jealous when they’re honored and I’m not.
  7. I feel like I deserve more than I have. I mean, I work hard and nothing seems to work out for me.
  8. Sometimes I’m ungrateful because I don’t have what I really want.
  9. I feel like I know a lot more than most people about various subjects. There’s not much someone could teach me that I don’t already know.
  10. I’m not big on compassion. I mean, if people aren’t loved, it’s their own fault. 
  11. There’s not really a take-away when I listen to someone’s teaching. I find myself concentrating on their delivery or on their appearance.
  12. Why me? Why is something bad always happening to me? I haven’t done anything to deserve this treatment. I’m so misunderstood.
  13. I don’t like being told what to do. I like how I operate my life. 
  14. I don’t want to be accountable to anyone but myself. It’s my business what I do. I don’t ask anyone to be accountable to me either because it’s none of my business.
  15. I don’t respect many people. Unless, of course, they do something really great and it’s something that I couldn’t do myself.
  16. I really don’t like to be corrected. It’s really nobody’s business what I do in my private time. When they do correct me, I focus on their faults so I don’t feel so bad about myself. 
  17. I make excuses when I’m criticized. Who does he think he is, showing me how it could’ve been done better? What does he know?
  18. I don’t want to change the way I do things. I’ve got it down, and that’s just the way it is, sorry.
  19. People often call me independent. I don’t really need other people. I’m good on my own. I’m not a group-meeting type person.
  20. Why do they get all the breaks? I work as hard or even harder than they do. Life isn’t fair at all.
  21. People who are my so-called leaders don’t know everything. I could lead better than they ever could. How did they get that position anyway?
  22. I have a hard time with certain personality-types. They really have no idea how to hold a conversation. 
  23. I don’t really listen when someone else is talking because I’m planning what I’m going to say when I finally get the chance to talk.
  24. When I am listening, I often interrupt the person who’s talking. I don’t want them to miss out on all my knowledge.
  25. I know a lot about most subjects. I like hearing myself talk at times. They call me a truckload of useless information. I call it wisdom.
  26. I’ve really done a lot in my life. I have accomplished so many things on my own. 
  27. I listen to talks or sermons with other people in mind. I often wish they could hear it.
  28. I rarely admit when I’m wrong. Anyway, I’m not wrong that often. I mean, how could that have been my fault?
  29. Boy, have I made it. I have a great-paying job, a big house, a couple of nice cars, beautiful kids who are just like me…I am really a great person with a lot to offer.
  30. I’m sure someone I know could use this list. Let’s see, there’s Bob, Janet, Carol, Zack, and definitely Mort. I’m sure there are lots more, but on second thought, I don’t want to make anyone feel bad. 

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