"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."1
In the devotional book, Today in the Word, the writer tells the fable about a frog and a duck who shared a pond. They developed a close friendship as they talked and played together. But when the hot summer sun began to evaporate the water in the pond, the duck decided to fly to a larger body of water. Not wanting to be left alone, the frog suggested that his friend and another duck hold a stick in their bills so he could hang onto it with his mouth. In that way they could all fly to another pond.
As the three were flying high overhead a farmer looked up, saw the frog clinging to the stick by his mouth, and exclaimed, "What a brilliant idea! I wonder who thought of that?" Without hesitation the frog said, "I did!" And he was done!
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me not to be carried away with pride, but to be truly grateful to and for all the people who have contributed to my life and helped get me to where I am today. For without Your help and their help I would not be where I now. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."
1. Proverbs 16:18 (NIV).