Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Just got back from an appointment that never happened.

The person I was to meet with never showed up.
25-mile drive. :40 minutes waiting "just in case."
Confusion on their end about the schedule.
Profuse apologies.
Morning -possible accomplishments- shredded.

Then it hit me on the homeward drive that I just had a lab...a humility lab.
Thankfully, I can report, I am doing fine.

If I had been in a streak of pride...I probably would have returned home, fuming, ready to bark at my wife, elevated blood pressure, short-tempered, narrow-eyed.

Pride does that to you.

Humility does the opposite.

Humility lets you serve, trust the Lord with the timing of everything, and enjoy the day a whole lot more. Humility lets you replace the roll of toilet paper, pick up the scrap of paper, and make the bed even if it isn't your turn.

Humility lets you lose the argument, though in the corners of your mind there lingers one final point that could clinch it all your way.

Humility lets you be the friend of people who have been run over by life, and who really to be lifted and loved.

Humility lets you fulfill the will of God. His choice for us is that we be servants of others - loving them as we (so much more easily) love ourselves.

Humility gets so much accomplished that matters...everything necessary.

Just my thoughts? Nope:

"Don't push your way to the front.don't sweet talk your way to the top.
Put yourself aside and help others get ahead.
Think of yourself the way Christ Jesus thought of himself.
He set aside the privileges..
and took on the status of a slave, became human.
And having become human, he stayed human.

It was an incredibly humbling process.

He lived a selfless, obedient life, and then died a selfless, obedient death.
Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him.
(And so now) we bow in worship before this Jesus Christ and call out in praise that he is the Master of all."

Philippians 2 - The Message.

The popular christmas song wishes this: "May your days be merry and bright"

I wish for us all: "May our days be humble and right"

On the journey, together...

1 comment:

Galen said...

That's quite a tangled-up issue for most. Or a tainting shadow in life that follows one around, usually just out of view. Even when you finally get a glimpse, there two dangers: 1) You'll ignore it, and 2) You'll focus in on it in a self-absorbed, narcissistic way (bringing you full-circle back to Pride). See chapter 14 of the "Screwtape Letters." But with God all things are possible. (Matt. 24)