All human beings suffer from pride which would lord it over others and even give instructions to God himself. It is hard for us to admit that we are powerless. In a life shaped by self-will and self-seeking there comes a time when we lose control. Virtually all freedom is gone! We become trapped into a lifestyle that is dictated by a spiritual disorder and perhaps an addiction as well. The world is full of people who have earthly wealth and earthly power but whose life is a shambles.
There is irony here. One of the illusions when we begin to live according to our appetites and whims is a feeling of freedom. Eventually, that illusion becomes exposed and we are left with desperation. The remedy is humility. Pride resists humility. Often, we do not turn to God and others until our lives are in ruins. Then we become ready to follow the lead of God and of other people who themselves follow the lead of God.
Let me never forget, Lord, that all that I am and everything that has value in me or in my life comes from you. You are my source, my guide and my destination. Give me the wisdom to follow your lead.