LYFE 365

True Humility
Christine Norman

It has often been said that if you think that you are humble then you likely are not. Unfortunately, I heard the warning, ignored the helpful hint and assumed myself to be growing in humility—missing all of the signs.  I was always careful to give God the credit for any good in my life. I even suffered quite a few injustices and took far less than deserved without making a fuss. However, if you looked closely at the marquee of my life though you would find God’s name in lights, you would also see me named as the co-star.

A definition that God is continually expanding in my understanding is that humility is using everything you possess, everything in your power, and everything that you can attain for the good of others. I came face to face with the fact that most of what I hope to be and much of what I have–while I will use it for others, was for my own benefit, or worse MY OWN GLORY. This is not the example that Jesus set for me to follow:

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Philippians 2:5-8

To begin the journey to humility, we must die to ourselves.  This death is just as painful as crucifixion and it is a death that we have the opportunity to die not just daily, but often from minute to minute as we face compromise, corrections, or situations that do not meet our personal preferences. I found a poem that shows us how to begin to scratch the surface in this area.  Use it as a quiz to find out how you are doing in the area of humility. Perhaps I will find company in my own misery because I didn’t do so well on it either. The author is unknown and even in that I found another clue to my lack of humility; if I had penned these powerful words, you would surely see my name in the byline. Pray for me!

Dying To Self

(author unknown)

When you are forgotten, or neglected, purposely regarded as nothing, and you don’t sting and hurt with the insult and oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ…

That is dying to self.

When your good is evil spoken of, when you wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take it all in patient, loving silence…

That is dying to self.

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity, any lack of punctuality, or any annoyance; when you stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility—and endure it as Jesus endured…

That is dying to self.

When you are content with any food, any offering, any climate, any society, any raiment, any interruption by the will of  God…

That is dying to self.

When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or to record your own good works, or itch after commendations, when you can truly love to be unknown…

That is dying to self.

When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met and can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy, nor question God while your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances…

That is dying to self.

When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart…

That is dying to self.

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