As she realized that her sister had had a valid point, she practically choked on her lack of humility. The picture of a bull in a china cabinet came to life, haunting her once again. Lately there had been lots of lessons in humility with her husband, stepson and grandson as the main messengers. Lord, what are you trying to tell me?
Welcome to Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United. Ah, considering the power of Social Media, where does humility fit in while in between two worlds, this one and eternity?
Life is funny, just when you think you’re good with a lesson in life to prepare for eternity, He allows another lesson to come our way. Two months ago, He allowed my stepson to come back home – the details aren’t my story to tell, but what is my story to tell is that with him, he brought a fresh reminder of this much needed lesson on humility. And then He used my sister as a sort of nail to drive the point home! 😊
What’s the first thing you think or feel when you read/hear this word, humility? My guess is your first instinct may not be so positive, at least not as beautiful as humility was meant to be. The struggle lies in the fact that this fruit of the Spirit is one that tries to sneak away…often, and I do mean often! Why is that? Because we have this house of flesh that consistently needs to be shushed! Humility is not a lesson wherein you just tweak your nose, snap your fingers, or push a 30-second button and voila, we are humbled! I mean, we can be humbled that quick; but the problem is pushing the pause button so humility stays with us in and through all circumstances.
I think the two biggest relationships in our lives, parenting and marriage, are what teach us that humility is like salt to a tasteless meal; it adds flavor; it makes everything better. As I searched my heart in how to best apologize to my sister for my part in our disagreement, I was reminded that because I long to be pleasing in His eyes, humility helps me do just that and prevents me from getting on my broom and rising above others as I take a fast spin around my circumstances…or park it more quickly😊
The Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines humility in this way: “The quality or state of not thinking you are better than others.” This includes opinions!
Oh, Abba, help me to remember this definition when it comes to voicing or sharing an opinion and/or information on any social media platform, in my marriage and in my home, especially if I do this with any sort of pride, or just because the opinion or information lines up with my thoughts and/or truths that I have learned. But more importantly, because Your Word reminds me to humble myself under Your hand, for you will exalt me (pull me up and out of myself) in due time that I would cast all my cares (and opinions that I am passionate upon You) because You care for me (and everything that concerns me).
Friend, know this: God will humble us not to hurt us but to help us. He is more concerned about our humility than our happiness… and He will do what He needs to do to achieve this virtue in us.