Sunday, August 7, 2011

Humility, or Proud to be Humble

Humility is a very misunderstood form of Grace in one's heart.

Thinking less of yourself than is legitimate is not humility. In a perverse sort of way, it is a pride. Thinking more of yourself than is legitimate is, indeed, false pride. What we want is a balance, or as is stated in Romans "Do not think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, but think so as to have sound judgement, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith."

In the sermon today I heard that God won't use someone with the best skills, but will always find someone who is humble.

Anything we have can be taken away from us. Our looks (which will fade with time), our intelligence (I knew a brilliant man who could barely tie his shoes after his car accident), and our relationships (and we all know that one). But what cannot be taken away is what God gives us freely, a relationship with Him.

So be careful of pride. It strikes the young, who are invulnerable. It strikes the elder, who have served long and faithfully and now feel entitled.

Be grateful for all the gifts God gave you. Use them to benefit others and not to promote yourself.

I have to remind myself that every day.

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