The Eeyore Complex

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” – Romans 8:37

Humility.  It’s a great thing.  It’s important.  But can we overdo it sometimes?

Christians can be so hung up on humility that we tend to fall into, what I like to call, the Eeyore Complex.  When we fall into the Eeyore Complex we can’t do anything right; “woe is me” becomes our mantra.  We quickly label ourselves “the chief of sinners” and we get into a competition to see who is doing the worst job at following Jesus.  We’re quick to use phrases like “I suck at following Jesus” or “just trying to say on the straight and narrow”.  But, is that really the attitude that Jesus intended for us to have when he saved us?  I would say absolutely not.

There is certainly a place for good, healthy self-examination in the Christian life.  Paul tells us to examine ourselves in 2 Corinthians 13:5.  Peter calls us to make our calling and election sure in 2 Peter 1:10.  So there is definitely room for taking a survey of one’s life.  However, nowhere in scripture are we called to sulk in our failures.  (Yes, Paul does say he will boast in his weaknesses (2 Cor. 12:9) but the point of that is to make much of Jesus, not draw attention to his (Paul’s) shortcomings and failures.)

In fact, we are told that we are more than conquerors.  Yes we fall short, but we can rejoice because Jesus has freed us from the failure of sin.  We can rejoice because our sins are washed clean.  We are not defined by our failures any more.  We are defined by His grace!

So, don’t fall into the Eeyore Complex… a little more lively, like Tigger!

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