Michael was a famous sculptor. His sculptures looked real ones. One day he saw a dream that after fifteen days, the demon of Death would come to take him.
Michael prepared nine statues of himself and when on the 15th day he heard the Demon of Death coming, he took his place between the statues. The Demon could not recognise him and was astonished to see ten Michaels instead of one.
He rushed back to the God of death and told the matter. The God of death got annoyed and set out to take Michael himself. Michael was alert and stood motionless. The God of Death initially got perplexed.
God: “Michael, these sculptures would have been perfect but for one mistake."
Michael was unable to suffer the least blemish in his work. He came out
Michael: "Where is the fault?"
The statues were faultless but Michael was caught because of his pride.
We should quietly acknowledge our skills and use them for our progress and the service of others. If we are excessively proud of what we own, the very thing we brag about will bring about our downfall.
Nothing in this world belongs to us in the final reckoning. So why should we be proud? Whatever wealth we accumulate during our lifetime should be used for the benefit of others. The tree in the forest is not proud of its products. Instead it freely gives its produce to the birds, the animals, the insects and man. It is only man who is vain, who loves to boast and show off his worldly possessions to others. Ultimately, however, he has to leave everything behind, while his body is left to burn or decay. Hence if you possess something valuable, may be material wealth or spiritual, humility is your best ornament.