As you begin to experience success in life, I want to caution you to not get the BIG HEAD. Big Head is a popular phrase that refers to a person with a massive pride problem. People with the Big Head have allowed their progress and accomplishments in life to overly inflate their ego. So today, I want to share with you three things that lead to getting the Big Head.
The praises of men! When you intentionally surround yourself with people who only praise you, but never offer any constructive criticism, it is so easy to get a lofty, one sided view of yourself. In fact, when all you hear from your circle of influence is expressions of approval, admiration, and commendation, it can stroke your ego to the point that you become arrogant. This is why the Apostle Paul admonishes us in Romans 12:3, “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment...” In other words, we all need an honest and accurate self-evaluation that is based on the word of God, not the standards of men.
We become satisfied with our current level of success! When we begin to believe that we have done it all and achieved it all, we become much less motivated to pray consistently. And I truly believe that a lack of prayer is a telling sign that we think we can do life without God's help and guidance. This is the summation of getting the Big Head, A person who is arrogant enough to believe that they can handle life without God leading the way. This is why the Bible says in Proverbs 16:5, “Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the LORD; be assured, he will not go unpunished.” Whenever we find ourselves intentionally ignoring God and following our own path, we are headed for a fall.
We ignore all the warning signs! Having the Big Head is difficult to detect within our own lives. Therefore I want to share with you two warning signs that you might have the Big Head. Number one, you’re always right and everyone else is always wrong. When you can see everyone's faults and shortcoming but yours, you might have the Big Head. Number two is arrogance. Whenever you walk around acting like you are better that other people, you might have the Big Head. Let us remember the words of warning found in James 4:6, “...God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” I don't know about you, but I need all of the grace that I can get.
If we are not careful, success in life can easily cause us to get the Big Head. As a result, we have to be extremely careful how we handle the praises of men. We have to make sure we don't become satisfied with our current level of success. Nor, can we ignore the warning signs. I want to leave you with the words found in Proverbs 27:2, “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.”