first off, sorry I haven't posted in awhile. Life put my away from the internet for a week (not a bad thing in todays society)
so anyways, this deals with mondays.
Well, lets say that this week is not one that is my favorite title. Humility: that thing that I have more of than anyone else in the world…. Yeah… right.
One of my biggest spiritual struggles is pride. It’s been a long and hard road with that inner demon. I have pretty much known I had pride issues for quite awhile, but I didn’t care because I was too proud to admit to myself that I had issues. (hows that for being twisted up in yourself!)
Then it became clear that something needed to be done. Thus the struggle began.
Here is the main kicker: God gives you things that glorify you in the eyes of people, so how are you not supposed to get your ego going on that?! I have to constantly tell myself that it’s nothing that I am doing. The only reason that I’m any good at anything, and my life has any purpose and meaning, is because God has enriched me and trusted me with gifts and talents.
So literally is my body should be a message forwarding service. Any sort of praise should be immediately directed towards God. I have no more right to bask in it than a UPS guy has to open up the package of chocolates that your grandma sent you for your birthday and sample them. Shoot, if that happened there would be one heck of a reckoning! So why would God be any more okay with that?
But wait! It gets better, because if you use your gifts in the way that God wants then you get the added bonus of receiving more talents entrusted to you! (are you recalling a parable about the servants that are entrusted with the money?) PLUS, these new talents will probably bring more praise down on your head and make it all the easier to fall prey to that nasty little pride thing again.
So here is what I’m gathering. The ONLY way to win the loosing battle is to constantly remember that we are not the ones that get credit for it. All of our praise comes from the father when we run (idk about you, but I’m sure not walking through, I’m impatient! Haha) through those pearly gates and are greeted by God saying, “well done my good and faithful servant”. That one single comment will sooooo lay waste to any sort of glory we can achieve in our blip of an existence.
That’s my drive to show humility, it works pretty well as long as I don’t screw it up.