The bigger the ego, the harder the fall.
First pride, then the crash — the bigger the ego, the harder the fall. It's better to live humbly among the poor than to live it up among the rich and famous. It pays to take life seriously; things work out when you trust in God.
-Proverbs 16:18-20 MSG
When I think of the word "ego" in a unhealthy way (there is a healthy aspect to the word) I think of someone who loves themselves too much. Such people tend to be narcissists and see everything in light of themselves. We all know such people and, to a degree, we are those people. It is why Jesus commands us in the gospels to go past the notion of loving our neighbor as our self and to love them as he loves them. Interesting how little that command is quoted.
We need the humility of Christ to love as Christ loved. He did not have an ego that kept him from living in humility with the poorest of men and women. To love and live this way requires us to embrace a seriousness about life and a genuine love for the least of Jesus' family - those who are sick, imprisoned, hungry and homeless. I think the world changes, one soul at a time, when our love for these become greater than our narcissistic love for ourselves.
Help us to embrace the greater love Lord and lay down our lives for the ones that you laid your life down for.