For several years now, my wife and I, along with several other
couples get together and play "Trivial Pursuit." Of course,
it's men against women. After winning every game except one
over a span of a couple years, the men got together and decided
to have a little fun.
We went to a trophy store and bought a large trophy, nearly two
feet tall. We named it the MENSA CUP (MENSA is an organization
for people who have an IQ over 150). This trophy would be
proudly displayed by the winners. Then we bought another
trophy...the smallest we could find in the store. It stands
about 3 inches tall. We named it the MENSA WANNABE'S. In
addition to this, we all purchased identical shirts and had
embroidered on the shirts a picture of the MENSA CUP with the
words, "MENSA CHAMPIONS."
At the next get together, just prior to playing the game, all
the men dismissed themselves, changed shirts, and confidently
walked back into the room. We were ready to pose for
pictures with our new shirts, holding the MENSA CUP. At the end
of the evening, the women had their picture taken with the MENSA
CUP, and we, in our new MENSA CHAMPIONS shirts, had our picture
taken holding a three inch trophy.
The events of that evening, along with frequent reminders by our
wives, have served as a reminder to us that "pride goes before
destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs
16:18). Friends, take it from one who knows. It is better to
humble yourself and let God exalt you in due time, rather than
exalting yourself only to be humbled.
"...everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who
humbles himself will be exalted" (Luke 18:14).