"I am the way and the truth and the life"
When I was about 10, my dad got me a bow and arrow, and I thought I was king of the world. I would go into the backyard and shoot this cardboard box target stuffed with dead grass for hours. Being a huge Lord of the Rings fan, I would imagine myself as Legolas shooting Orcs.
When we are in the midst of accomplishing goals, we often attribute our successes to ourselves rather than God. In Luke, chapter 18, we see how the Pharisee's prayer consists in telling God how awesome he is compared to the tax collector praying next to him. Jesus ends the story with a powerful reminder: "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted" (Lk.18:14). The tax collector, not the Pharisee, went home justified after praying that day. Let us pray to God that we may be humble like that tax collector!
In the height of my excitement and narcissism, I shot an arrow straight into the sky to prove to my sister how cool I was... The arrow landed in the ground- just inches from where she stood. I haven't shot an arrow since.