Trying to teach humbleness to my kids n is as not as hard as teaching it to adults, but still us a challenge. I have adopted an automatic question. “Are you the only one in the room?” When they greedily snatched the last cookie (the equivalent of black Friday for adults), I automatically ask it and this gives them time to reconsider and take half and give the other half to their sibling. When they neglect to hold the door open for the next person (which happens often with adults too, I automatically ask it and they can reconsider their haste and open the door for the next person. When they play their music too loud while others are reading or working (yes, my adult neighbors do this too), I immediately ask it and they can consider respecting another person and listen at a reasonable volume. “Are you the only one in the room?” has become a valuable tool in teaching humbleness and thoughtfulness. I use it on myself too. We all have this ego problem now and then and I for one would like to have it less often, like never. It always takes away from our walk with God and that has become so valuable to me as to want to do everything I can to grow it. And God helps.😄❤❤
Ok, so in my younger days, ahem, God had to whack me in the head to get my attention and teach me lessons I desperately needed to learn to be useful in His kingdom and even right now in this place with these people. I was largely on my own in many ways and was grossly independent with an annoying kind of false humility (which is based on an enormous pride) and I needed training tempered with love (most often) to get my hard-headed attention. I desperately needed to be humbled and alone with God. It is funny thr clarity that comes with decades of maturing, mildewing and contemplation.
The hardest lessons ever were always the same lesson: I am little but loved and God is great, solely worthy of worship, and the only One trustworthy who loves me unconditionally.
It seems a simple lesson. I was not simple. I knew enough to be dangerous but not wise, highly intelligent and over-thinking everything but with an arrogance I am almost embarrassed by now. God has always been about simple presentation of that lesson. And He has always been about a relationship with me, amazingly, and is big enough to have that with everyone who accepts Jesus as their Savior.😄❤
I have long known the bit about God using the broken beautifully. I have lived it. But in my case, it was my choice to be broken. How so? God wanted me because my Grandmas and Aunts were praying for Him to want me and I was proud and rebellious. I would not humble my heart to God with any of His many gentle nudges. So I had to be broken to have a chance to be humbled. God loved me enough and answered their prayers enough to break me to save my soul. I am excessively thankful and God can break me anytime I need it. I choose to stay humble, though, because I see it’s value. I realize you cannot have a relationship with God puffed up with pride. If broken gets you humble, be thankful for the broken. If broken does not lead to humble, it is wasted and may need to be repeated. Accept the lesson for it means you are loved enough to endure some temporary earthly pain to gain eternal glory. Someone is praying for God to draw close to you. Be thankful. Choose truly humble of heart to draw close to God who can make everything better inside- peace and joy and all.😄❤
I am not perfect but I strive to be humble.
I am not eloquent but I work to encourage.
Never early but ready when I get there.
A million flaws but a million and one smiles.
I miss a lot but see the needy and help.
Not popular but known to love the Lord.
I focus on the big picture but God points out the details I need.
Not always lovable but my children respect and love me.
Not always a great wife but always a forgiving one.
I am not perfect but I am blessed to know humble is better.😄❤