Proverbs 29: 23 A man's pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.
Pride - I take pride in the work that I do! I want to do a good job regardless of what I am working at: whether it is dishes, laundry, cleaning the house, doing a Bible study, actually going to work and putting my best foot forward!! Is this the kind of pride mentioned in this Scripture? I don't believe so because of where my heart is. My motives are to complete a task with talents God has blessed me with, so that He receives all the honor and glory!! I am able to sing His praises as I am washing dishes, thank Him for providing the cloths to wash and the soap to clean them, I am grateful for the home He has planted us in! The job I hold, comes from Him too!! I can not do anything with out God! He has given all of these things to me because He loves me!!!
Now, the moment I try to do any of these things with my own power - I am toast. I need God's help to do the dishes, otherwise I loose my grip with the soapy slippery plates or glasses and end up breaking them. Laundry, God helps me to go the extra mile by shaking the shirts and pants out before putting them in the dryer to minimize wrinkles, I would never consider opening His Word without talking with Him first!! I need the Holy Spirit to reveal truths to me!!! Otherwise it is in one ear and out the other!!
What are your motives behind everything you do? Think about it...