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"An Ocean Of Pride"

The greatest achievement! And confidence found!
Is discovered on knees! Where godly strength, there abounds!

I was once prideful! And charted a course!
Void of kindness and insight! It led to remorse!

"No need for God!" I struggled and fought!
Pride left me empty! Of faith hidden! Nor sought!

I felt I was better! Should be esteemed by the weak!
"I could make it alone!" Without Him, others seek!

Later to learn! "How forlorn! And how vain!"
For the One I disdained! Left me deserted, in pain!

Isolated and humbled! To Him words would throng!
Sorrowing! Realizing! My actions were wrong!

The words came certain! Penetrated my soul!
Etched in wisdom! God's love here foretold!

"No man is an island! Nor greatness prevail!
Until God sets the wind! That opens the sail!"

POET'S COMMENTS

If ever there were a vice that could destroy one's soul, it would be "pride." So much could be said of it's destructive power. Pride brought down a third of the host of heaven in the pre-existent life. When this second phase of our eternal existence is complete, it surely will have destroyed much of the earth historical population. We will be judged by God of our words, thoughts, deeds. Hopefully pride will not have robbed us of eternal and lasting blessings.

At the heart of pride lies the following, quoted from a talk by Ezra Taft Benson ("Beware of Pride"): "The proud cannot accept the authority of God giving direction to their lives. They pit their perceptions of truth against God's great knowledge, their abilities versus God's priesthood power, their accomplishments against His mighty works."

"Behold, they do not desire that the Lord their God, who hath created them, should rule and reign over them; notwithstanding his great goodness and his mercy towards them, they do set at naught his counsels, and they will not that he should be their guide." (Helaman 12:6)

Let us all be humble and give God proper homage for our talents, abilities, and accomplishments. Let us acknowledge that without Him, we are as the dust of the earth; desolate, alone, and barren. Let us be careful to not allow "pride" to rob us of an eternal crown and glory in the presence of our omnipotent and loving Father in Heaven.

POEMS

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A Bridge To Heaven's Gate

A Lighthouse Of Love

A Prayer To Heaven

A Ripple In The Water

A Shepard's Call

Abandoned Moments and Forsaken Memories

Adversity, My Friend

Anger's Prison

An Ocean of Pride

Become As A Child

Be Still

Born Again

Bound By Service

Burning Sparks

Christmas Eve Memories

Day And Night

Does Mercy Rob Justice?

Faith In My Trials

Father Is Waiting

Forever My Angel

Free From Hypocrisy

God's Gift

God's Poet

God's Witness

Heaven's Treasure

He Counseled God

Hidden In The Forest

Hope And Faith

If There Were No Light!

In Remembrance

In The Upper Room

My Father, My Knight

My Last Thoughts

My Mother

My Needs Are Great

Our Father's Love

Our Sweet Temples

Promises and Procrastination

Reconciliation

Reflections

Rescuing God's Children

Resurrection's Glory!

Shun Pride, And Forgive

Spiritual Gifts

Suffer It To Be

Sweet Feast

Tears

Tell Me! Why Dear Lord?

The Endless Road

The Hem Of My Garnent

The Message Of Hope

The Notes I No Longer Hear

The Power To Lift

The Prodigal Son

The Sabbath Hour

The Seven Days of Creation

The Story of Flowers

The War For Eternal Choices

Time To Become

To The Shores of Paradise

Walk With Me

When Doubt Puts Truth On Trial

Whisperings of Wisdom