Dungy's Diary

Pride and Confidence: A Fine Line



“Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth—a stranger not your own lips.” Proverbs 27:2

More and more, as new players come into the league each year, I see what appears to be—for lack of a better descriptor—a “look at me” attitude. These attitudes are driven into our guys by the belief that the more “SportsCenter moments” they have, the more they will be worth to their team—and the more money they’ll get. Guys will justify their attitudes by saying that if they don’t blow their own horns, nobody will.

As a society, we claim that we like the quiet, humble athlete, but in reality, those aren’t the guys who get the focus. There’s a problem with this. Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction.” Time and time again we see examples where the fine line between confidence and pride has been blurred, resulting in fall after fall. Pride is all about me, but confidence is the realization the God has given me abilities and created me to fill a unique role that no one else is called to fill. This is the role that will help my team and impact others.

I appreciate that form of humility; it’s not a false modesty claiming that what you accomplished or who you are isn’t important, but a realization that God created all of us, including you, with unique gifts and abilities.  Once you understand this, it becomes so much easier to let go of status or false ideas of respect.


Source: Uncommon

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  • MPK

    I used to teach Sunday Bible Study to 6th graders at my church. Occasionally the kids would come up with some great questions. One day one of the girls in the class asked me a question about something that had been bothering her. She said that her parents always told her to “Be proud of herself!” But then she had also heard that pride was wrong. So she wanted to know which was right. I was never prepared with my best answer to those kids’ questions. I just told her that she should always give the credit to God. I am not sure she was terribly satisfied with that answer. What I wish I had said is that her parents were using an old expression of the thought that we can always have confidence that God will help us to accomplish what is consistent with His will, and that God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, which is in the Bible but as usual I cannot remember where. And that God wants to to mature in body, mind, and spirit to represent Him boldy wihout being ashamed of knowing Him or being His followers. That’s what I wish I had said. Maybe I’ll get another chance….

  • gdubya31

    You just did! Trust the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do with this! BTW – Humility is not ‘thinking of yourself less’, as much as I respect C.S. Lewis and love his writings! While it certainly is not thinking of yourself too highly, it is clearly and soberly thinking who you are according to the faith you’ve been given (Rom. 12: 3 and Philippians 2: 3 – 5). It is also knowing who you are, having been ‘recreated’ in Christ (Eph. 2: 10). This was the example and teaching of Christ (John 13: 1 – 17, emph. v. 3, and Philippians 2: 5 – 8). Thanks and have a great day in the Lord!

  • Secret Angel

    Awesome post!!!