Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a famous theologian who stood against the evils of the Third Reich in Germany in World War II.  It cost him his life.


I love to read his writings.  One time he wrote: "It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others."


Isn't that true?  When we accomplish something in life, we so easily and quickly want to take total credit.  Yet very few of us have ever been successful in life without another person helping us.  In fact, most often, it's been many people along the way who have guided and assisted us toward our success.


If you've accomplished something in life, if success has come your way, before you puff out your chest too much, make sure you take a moment and thank all the people along the way who have helped you succeed.  Make a list.  Call or e-mail them today.


Not only is this a great way to prevent pride.  It will also lift up the heart of the persons who helped you along life's road.


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