You're flyy. But you're not that flyy.
No matter how beautiful, handsome, or gifted you are, never ever believe your own hype. Man is attracted to what's physical and tangible and it can be easy to believe in the many physical things because they breed instant gratification. It feels good when we're celebrated, adored, and rewarded for what we look like or for our accomplishments. Man has always sought to worship what's created instead of the Creator. Dr. Phenessa and I always remind ourselves that "Pretty Hurts." I sat with a woman this week and looking at her, I could tell life experiences aged her. I could still see her beauty under her tiredness of living but she lived a life where she believed her own hype and is suffering tremendously tough circumstances as a result. She's been physically abused by a man that once was attracted to her and then tried to kill her, her daughter is incarcerated and she has legally adopted her daughter's child, and the crazy cycle continues. We all have a story.
Jesus says it best in John 2:23-25 - Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person. Man is flaky. People will love you one day and hate you the next. This is one of the harshest realities of life, but it is also one of the freest truths you will ever hear in life.
The apostle Paul also speaks about popularity and knowledge by calling his own stuff out. He says in
Philippians 3:4-9, "If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. Pre-Christ Paul was rich, had sought after status, and had great knowledge of the world and religion. Post-Christ Paul gives us an example to strive toward, considering all confidence in flesh pointless. Paul lost his old identity and found a new identity in Christ. The new Paul thanked God for everything he was and everything he had. The old Paul patted himself on the back and believed in the praise others gave him. But when he came face to face with Jesus and experienced His forgiveness, he couldn't do anything but change.
When looks and success fail you, when people turn on you and when the money runs out, Jesus will be there to comfort you and guide you on better paths. God says, in Isaiah 42:16, "I will lead the blind by a way they did not know; I will guide them on unfamiliar paths. I will turn darkness into light before them and rough places into level ground. These things I will do for them, and I will not forsake them."
So how do I overcome believing my own hype?
When faced with the feeling, remember who your Creator is. He made you beautiful, handsome, and/or intelligent. When man praises you, politely thank them and don't dwell on their praise. If you find yourself receiving the same compliments frequently, thank God. He's telling you something about how He made you. Don't trust in your abilities. Every day provides moments to be your best self with God's help. The key is to, Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). Most importantly, find time to talk to God throughout the day. This will help you to keep the right perspective on everything that comes your way.