I overfilled my coffee cup the other morning.
On the way back up the steep stairs that lead from the kitchen to the living room, I was watching the coffee move gently in the cup, almost touching the rim of the cup…but never spilling over.
This particular morning I didn’t spill a drop.
I didn’t spill any coffee.
What a feat of balance.
It was in that moment that I realized something about myself while I balanced that overfull cup perfectly.
I’M PRETTY FREAKING AMAZING!!!
I’M A HUMAN GYROSCOPE!!!
Now, I know some folks might be thinking something like, “wellllll….that is so prideful. When did he get so full of pride?”
And they would be dead on, one hundred percent CORRECT!!
Darn straight, I’m full of PRIDE!!!
That’s some pretty amazing stuff I can do…balancing and all. That’s pretty darn cool, if you ask me.
Now, if you get down to it, I suppose that I really can’t take credit for most of my accomplishment. It’s the way I’m put together…something about the inner ear and synapses and sheer muscular coordination.
It’s not all me…it’s not an effort, it’s just another gift I’ve been given.
So I guess that it is PRIDEFUL to notice just how GREAT I AM.
Something about noticing that greatness that might help put it into perspective a little is that knowing I’m GREAT doesn’t mean that I think I’m BETTER.
Maybe needing to be BETTER than other people comes from a place of doubting my worth? Maybe it comes from a place of doubting the worth of the people around me?
Maybe that’s where the real COMPETITION comes in?
You really have to work to get a leg up over all the flawed people around you.
In a world of flawed, fallen angels, you really have to push to shine more than them.
So the prideful part is well deserved and overdue. Why discount the miracle that God has plopped me down into…the miracle with all its trials and victories….all its potential…why discount that miracle with false modesty and a self-prescribed negative self-image?
You really don’t earn any brownie points for always looking at the ground.
It doesn’t help you carry your coffee to only look at the ground.
I’m a HUMAN GYROSCOPE!!! ONE OF MANY!!! I DESERVE TO BE PRETTY PROUD OF THAT!!!
And I better not forget that all the other people are pretty amazing, too.
We all have accomplishments that deserve to be celebrated.
We have gifts that deserve to be appreciated and celebrated without reserve.
YOU GO, HUMAN GYROSCOPE!!! YOU’RE ANOTHER ONE OF THE AMAZING OUT THERE IN THE WORLD!!!
YOU GO, BOYEEEEEEE!!!