After the Civil War, much of the South lay in ruins. People who owned mansions in once proud cities found themselves unable to bear the cost of restoring their homes. They said they were too poor to paint and too proud to whitewash.

Pride does often get in the way of what needs to be done. Sometimes, it even gets in the way of things we really want to do. Any experienced minister or counselor will tell you that often the aggrieved partner in a marriage will say, "He (She) made a fool of me!" It tells you that someone's pride has been wounded. There is a good kind of pride. We take pride in our work, in our character, in our service to humanity. That's all right. But pride unchecked can handicap us in many ways. Most important of all, it gets in the way of our trusting God. Truly, "blessed are the poor in spirit."