STOP AND THINK – Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. (John Wooden, late renowned coach)
Living by those three couplets could help us achieve some measure of success. The first and third are related. When we clearly recognize that our abilities are given by God, there can be no reason for conceit. Rather, it’s a humble acceptance of the gift and the determination to use it well. If we achieve some fame, we can be grateful, but we must never give in to pride.
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. . . For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. (Psalm 25:9; 149:4)