Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Day 3 - of 30 Days of Character Deveopment - Humility

We have looked at what Humility is and isn't, we have looked at pride and how destructive it is but now it is time to get real and honest with ourselves. Today's blog will present to you a "Pride Test" If you really want to see how your doing in the area this is a great tool. I have taken this test from "Character Makeover" by Katie Brazelton, a great book to read if you are really serious about working on your character.

I am going to disclose my results tomorrow, and I promise to be honest. :)

Pride Test — But Only for the Strong of Heart! This test is a rigorous self-examination to detect pride in your life. Circle the number corresponding to how frequently you think you have exhibited each type of prideful attitude within the last several weeks. 1 is never, 2 is rarely, 3 is sometimes and 4 is frequently

Warning: Take only if you are having a good day!

1 2 3 4 Asserting my rights: I am concerned about getting what I deserve.

1 2 3 4 Bragging: I boast about successes (mine or my kids’) without crediting God.

1 2 3 4 Entitlement: I deserve special treatment because of my condition or position.

1 2 3 4 Exaggerating: I embellish the truth to get attention.

1 2 3 4 Name dropping: Knowing important people makes me feel important.

1 2 3 4 Self-centeredness: I am blind to the needs of others. “It’s all about me.

1 2 3 4 ”Showing off: I call attention to my possessions, abilities, or sacrifices.

1 2 3 4 Vain: I am obsessed with the areas where I am better than others.

1 2 3 4 False humility: I point out my shortcomings, looking for reassurance.

1 2 3 4 Overly independent: I can’t receive help or gifts. That would be awkward or shameful!

1 2 3 4 Overworking: I work to exhaustion; it makes me feel worthy.

1 2 3 4 Overserving: I serve beyond the call of duty, looking for affirmation.

1 2 3 4 Perfectionism: I try to be perfect; it makes me feel acceptable.

1 2 3 4 Woe is me: I often have a catastrophe to lament, looking for pity.

1 2 3 4 Works: I have to do more to deserve God’s approval.

1 2 3 4 Worthlessness: I rely on the reassurance of others to bolster myself-esteem.

1 2 3 4 Argumentative: I choose to find what I disagree with and engage in a quarrel.

1 2 3 4 Controlling: I manage the actions of others to make sure they do things my way.

1 2 3 4 Critical spirit: I look for ways others don’t meet my standards and point them out.

1 2 3 4 Intolerance: I won’t accommodate opinions different than my own.

1 2 3 4 Irritability: I get annoyed easily and lash out at those who bother me.

1 2 3 4 Judgmentalism: I assume the worst or exhibit a condemnatory attitude.

1 2 3 4 Put-downs: I intentionally belittle others with cutting or snubbing remarks.

1 2 3 4 Self-righteousness: I justify poor treatment of others by my holiness.

1 2 3 4 Pouting: If I don’t get my way, I clam up.

1 2 3 4 Ignoring correction: I’m never wrong (plus I’m hard of hearing!).

1 2 3 4 Isolated: I reject help from others, preferring to go it alone.

1 2 3 4 Refusal to change: This is just who I am, so accept me.

1 2 3 4 Rigidity: I can’t be flexible or adjust my plans.

1 2 3 4 Stubborn: I am obstinate.Unsubmissive: I won’t receive leadership. “You’re not the boss
of me.

1 2 3 4 ”Unteachability: I am closed to input or guidance. I have my act together.

TOTAL SCORE:______________

Scoring: 1–33 You are a model of genuine humility.
34– 64 You are learning to be more and more humble. Way to go!
65– 96 Thank you for your honesty. That’s the first step to humility!
97 –128 Hmm! You have some work to do. Keep reading!
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

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