People in their right minds never take pride in their talents. (Harper Lee, in To Kill a Mockingbird)

We live in a time when gifted stars are exalted. We even have programs that promote idolizing the talented. It is no surprise, then, when some of those stars fall—as some inevitably do. Who’s to blame? Too many gifted children are promoted (and exploited) as stars from childhood to their ultimate detriment. We should be grateful for talent but learn to use it for the benefit of others.

Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor. (Proverbs 11:2; 29:23)