This morning I was sitting at the media table at City Hall, waiting for the council meeting to begin. They always start about 30 minutes late. I always arrive on time.
Another reporter showed up just before the meeting started. She saw me sitting there waiting and asked me if I show up on time every week, even though I know the meetings don't start until later. I replied in the affirmative. Her response was "you are a woman of integrity."
I felt really honored by her remarks. I was proud that something as simple as showing up on time (even though I don't need to) reflected on my character. I was feeling pretty good about myself.
Toward the end of the meeting this reporter and I were having a conversation about her news organization. I made a couple of thoughtless, tactless and somewhat hypocritical remarks. I got back to the station and immediately emailed her an apology.
I couldn't help but notice the irony.
How quick I am to take credit for that which should be credited to Christ!
How quick Christ is to remind me of His grace and humble my pride!
'Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.' Proverbs 16:18