God’s Word for Today: Humility
Philippians 2:3. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.
Every once in a while, there is a post on Facebook that jumps right out and grabs a person. Some posts are humorous, some sad, some rather mean, and some a waste of Megabytes. But then there are those that speak to a person. Every day, the posts of GWFT and it siblings in other languages, attempts to be a post that captures someone’s need. And, every once in a while, a favorable response is received and the motivation to write continues.
Yesterday, the post I read was very simple and to the point. Sometimes, those are the best. They, are the ones you read and don’t really care what the picture in the background is. You read it once and think WOW. Then you read it again. On the third or fourth time through, you have absorbed what it is saying. Me personally, I am then in search of pen and paper to jot the words down. I may never look at them again. Or, like today, God has a use for those words and they become a part of GWFT.
Humility is defined as: a modest or low view of one’s own importance. Synonyms are: modesty, humbleness, meekness, diffidence (never used that word, hmmm), unassertiveness; lack of pride, lack of vanity; servility, submissiveness. What a list. In my interpretation of humility, it is taking my 6’4”, 240 lb. (1.9 m x 109 kg) and reducing it to that of a child. I have a difficult time with that.
In my Junior High days, during the end of basketball season, and one of our tournament games, our team had dominated the other team in the first half. I was having a very good game. When we came out of the locker room for the second half, as the other players ran onto the court to begin warm ups, I causally walked onto the gym floor and strutted my glory clear across the court. I was “the man”. I was the reason we were leading the game. I was something to be admired. That was my current opinion. I could blame it on what I had seen one or two of the best high school players do. Or maybe, it was even based on a professional player. That was no excuse. Humility was not even a brush stroke in the corner of this picture.
When I got home that night, Mom and Dad were waiting for me in the living room. It was time to chat. It was time to find out the definition of humility. I became very small rather quickly. Their words are still in my head to this day. Did it make me smaller as a person? No. Was I any less of a basketball player after that? No. Did I ever strut out on the court again? NO!!
You see, Mom and Dad shared some wisdom that could only have come straight from their good and faithful upbringing. They used that knowledge to not break me down, but to change my course and make me a better person overall. That was an amazing turn around to my whole outlook on myself.
Today, know what the words of that post said. They are similar to the final point my parents delivered to me that night. It is quite simple, but also quite profound. Yesterday’s post that grabbed me said:
Humility is not thinking less of yourself. Humility is thinking of yourself less……
Prayer: Dearest Lord creator of all good and creator of me. Thank you for your endless blessings. Forgive me for the times I put myself on that pedestal of better than others. Help me to be humble in my ways, and strong in my actions. Humility is sometimes hard to live by Lord. I will always, always need your help. In Jesus’, whose humility gave me everlasting life, name I pray. Amen.