The Seven Deadly Organizing Sins: Pride

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the organizing sin of pride

This is sin #6: pride. I’ve already written about gluttony, wrath, lust, greed and sloth.

Now, being proud is not always a sin. Pride has to do with self-worth. The problem, or organizing sin, comes in when your self-worth derives from stuff you have rather than who you are.

Pride drives people to buy fancy cars, huge houses and designer goods. They might really want or need those things. Or they might want to impress the neighbors and keep up with the Joneses. Worse yet, they want to be better than the neighbors (and their credit card bills are enormous!).

If you find yourself buying something because of how others will think of you when you own it, you’re in organizing sin territory. When you drop references to expensive items you have or celebrities you’ve hobnobbed with, you’re trying to look more important; hey, the sin of pride!

How should your possessions make you feel? I like the William Morris quotation: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Your things should make you feel good, based on your own needs and desires, no one else’s.

To avoid sin: Reflect on your motivation when you’re faced with a buying or acquiring decision. Ask yourself: do I truly need or want this thing because it’s immediately useful or I feel that it’s beautiful and it makes me happy? Make sure you’re not deciding based on impressing others or one-upping them.