Life Works Better When Ego Is A No-Show

Life works better when your ego is a no-show! When you set aside your ego, your soul can flow and soar in the Spirit.

To follow Christ is to say no to ego. It is to bring your thoughts, desires, words and deeds in line with His word and His will!

So why is there so much ego in religion?  Why are church services so often focused on one man’s personality and control needs?  And why do people name “ministries” after themselves?  You don’t see “Apostle Paul Ministries” or “Peter The Rock Evangelistic Association” in the Bible.

Here are some wise quotations about ego . . .


“That joy-stealing ego will try to do you in every chance it gets.  Get your ego out of the way and let the love shine through.”  –Lynn Namka

“The ego is the false self–born out of fear and defensiveness.” –John O’Donohue

“The ego clings to negative thoughts and feelings and, as a result, magnifies, intensifies, and sustains those emotions while the ego overlooks the subtle feelings of joy, gratitude, excitement, adventure, love, and peace.” –Gina Lake

“The ego says, ‘Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.’ The spirit says, ‘Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.'”  –Marianne Williamson

“Ego is just like dust in the eyes; without clearing the dust you can’t see anything clearly; so clear the ego and see the world.”  –unknown

“The ego is a veil between humans and God. In prayer all are equal.” –Rumi

“If someone corrects you, and you feel offended, then you have an ego problem.”  –Nouman Ali Khan

“When you allow your ego to control your thoughts, everything you believe becomes an illusion.”  –Rusty Eric

“Ego stops you from getting things done and getting people to work with you.  That’s why I firmly believe that ego and success are not compatible.”  –Harvey Mackay

“Leadership is not a popularity contest; it’s about leaving your ego at the door.  The name of the game is to lead without a title.”  –Robin S. Sharma

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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1 Response to Life Works Better When Ego Is A No-Show

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