Sunday, February 21, 2010

When We Need To Be Humbled

I don’t know about you, but God is constantly keeping me humble. Any time I get anywhere close to feeling too big for my britches or get a little high on myself – God brings me to my knees quicker than you can blink.

My pride gets sore and wounded at times – so how do you balance having a healthy pride in yourself and still remaining humble? A good question and one that I don’t have the answer to. It’s a goal that I constantly strive to seek. A lot of times my own personal “good intentions” or my tendency to be naïve and not know the “real deal,” can end up turning around and biting me. I think it’s a good lesson that we can’t be blind in life. We can’t simply go about our business and expect not to be informed or have knowledge about things… people…. Life.

Maybe we steam forward on our own too often without consulting the One we say is in charge of our lives. So we grow haughty on our own feet thinking we are capable of more than we really are – or we end up in a mess that gives us a painful “ouch” and dose of reality with humility in tow.

I believe God wants us to be healthy emotionally, physically, and spiritually. In order to do this we need to stay in His Word, take care of our bodies, and take care of our emotions. We need to be in constant “check” of what we are thinking, how we are acting, and what our motivation is concerning issues. So often we can get fueled by the wrong things.

It can be embarrassing for God to decide we need to be humbled. But if that’s what it takes to get us back on the right track, then it can be something to which we can be thankful for, in a strange way. No – no one wants to be embarrassed. I’d love it if my humility came naturally, but often it is only by God’s grace and mercy (and insurmountable love) that keeps me in a humble state. It’s certainly not of my own doing!

Humility is there for our own good. It’s there to keep us leaning on the Lord and allowing Him to be in control. It’s there to keep us focused more on “others” and less on self. It’s there to teach us, and help us become better people.

I pray that whenever I need a little “talking to” that God can bring me to my knees in private. I’d much rather have this happen than anything publicly humiliating. But if that should happen – I pray I will remember it’s for my own good – because somewhere along the road, I have lost my way.


Pam said...

Humility is something I highly admire in people. They are 'next to God'. They are teachable, and letting go of self to prefer other people or other things more worthy.

It is hard to walk in it, but always it is like a purging of the ugly pride in me. God does not humiliate me, but gentle lifts the pride that is so unlovely and distasteful. I have walked in humility a lot lately; but my husband comforted me in that what he sees is God working in my life, and that is is beautiful. Maybe something I said will help. I hope so, my sister.

Angie said...

Humility is the only way God is able to chasen us. It is through that humility and humble heart( which in turn means brokenness and submission) is when He works mightly in each of us.

Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit in me Lord-

Dionna said...

Thanks for stopping by, Pam. I'm with you - I'm truly drawn and admire humble people.

Angie - Humility is indeed a "right spirit" within us.


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