There are 3 things ego will do as a public servant: First, it will compromise safety. Second, it will damage relationships. And third, it will prevent spiritual growth; a domain that often goes overlooked, but is key to flourishing to success.
Pride is a virtue and also a vice, so we have to stay humble. We should keep our mind like a sponge, staying open to criticism and absorbing as much knowledge and wisdom as we can. We should make it daily goal to learn something new by the end of each day. Other than our own personal safety, we should shift our focus less on ourselves and more on best interest of others, because there is an intrinsic value of accomplishment and joy when you serve another person, and it’s rooted in purpose.
Unfortunately when you look at history and even recent examples, ego has cost officers their careers and sometimes even their lives. Whether it was arrogance or ignorance that led to negligence, or just an simple act of disrespect that led to an attack, ego is what takes the virtue of pride and turns it in to a vice. There is always someone faster, stronger and tougher than you, and if your ego is bigger than your head, it’s only a matter of time before an offender pulls your card. On the flip side, humility and respect has led to good tactics and personal effectiveness, to lives being changed and differences being made.
Below are 4 verses from the word of God that speak on behalf of ego and pride, not to be confused with the noble and virtuous pride we carry each day, in who we are and why we do what we do as professionals of public service.
That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
- While it is not always instant, pride and success not rooted in purpose always leads to loss or destruction. It’s not karma, because sometimes good things happen to very bad people, and sometimes bad things happen to very good people. However, God’s will is always for the good, and his grace and favor will always cover those who love him. As guardians and warriors of a good cause, our humble service to protect will always be blessed by God.
Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else,
- Don’t build success on being better than someone else, build it on being better than you used to be. This is true nobility.
Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
- Pride is a friend of conflict an enemy of growth. Even the greatest have fallen such as King Solomon himself, requiring a humble new beginning.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
- As public servants in authority and high position, we have to remember we deal with individuals at the lowest points of their lives, not to forget some of the most violent and wicked. However, we must never idolize or demonize anyone, treating ALL with dignity and respect; a respect for ourselves, the situation and the cause in which we serve.
Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.
- Our mind is a fire to constantly be fueled. If we stay both humble and mindful, we will consistently grow as professionals. However, if we listen to only our ego, our great successes are only in vein.