Most people understand this word and what a both constructive and destructive force it can be. Some folks have used the letters to represent the definition that EGO as Easing God Out. Others rely simply on their EGO as a way to keep their self esteem at a high level.
Me, I like to refer to it in my life as Easily Going Overboard. Maybe you can identify but when others are continually praising you about the type of job you are doing or other accomplishments, we can get a little too carried away with how good we're doing. Maybe because of the more difficult times in my life, my EGO enjoys an atta boy but like the recovering addict I am I can take it too far and you guessed it, Easily Go Overboard.
Lately I have been really blessed, my career is on the rise (not bad for an old guy) and I seem to be enjoying some great relationships with very little conflict. But, as the Lord and I spoke this morning, he reminded me of who is giving me the favor. And it also reminded me of who had made an utter mess of his life before He and I got together.
It's okay to feel good about our success, our talent and our faith, but God has a way of keeping us in check, especially when we reach an EGO point that it is all about us. It never really is, it never will be and any thought of that nature is a mirage. Just think of how much we beg God to fix our health, finances and situations only to turn right back around after He has come to our rescue to that stinking thinking.
That could be why Paul had such a thorn in his side, because he was such a well educated, prosperous Jew. He even said he had a right to be proud, but he was certainly put in his place. We hope it doesn't have to get to that point with us, but it sometimes does. Maybe you, like me, can Easily Go Overboard with your own success.
This morning while brushing my teeth, the Spirit of the Lord just overwhelmed me and I stopped with the water running and began to pray, began to thank Him for what he has done for me. I had an overwhelming moment of joy that our creator cared so much about a guy like me.
Funny thing, he feels that way about you too. Why would we ever try to ease him out?
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.