This past weekend was the Prairie Bible Institute Student Leader Retreat. The topic was servant leadership. This is somewhat of a cliché topic for a leadership retreat, but we should never let the overuse of the term “servanthood” diminish it’s importance.

At the final session we were invited to share something that God has laid on our hearts. I decided to share something that has been on my heart for a couple weeks now. I will also share it here, and I hope that it will provide encouragement and warning to others as much as it has for me.

I had a dream a couple weeks ago. In the dream, I witnessed what seemed to be the blessings of God being poured out on unprepared hearts. The result was that the blessing turned into a curse.

The message is this: for a proud heart, the Lord’s blessings can quickly become curses. I believe this message is intended for Prairie, and most specifically for me as I anticipate my role as President of Student Union, pending an affirmation vote.

God is pouring out His blessing on Prairie. There have been several times in the last number of years when Prairie could have been shut down. Yet, here we are, stronger than we have been in several years. And I believe there are more blessings to come. The trouble with blessings is the pride of the human heart. We become proud of what we have accomplished. If we will not get on our knees every day and acknowledge our helpless dependance on God, we will forget to Whom the credit belongs.

The importance of humility is one that cannot be overstated:

Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty,
but humility comes before honor.
(Proverbs 18:12 ESV)

May the grace of God keep us from the destruction of pride.


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