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Humility

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I spoke recently at a leadership forum on the topic of humility. My contribution at the forum was to give practical suggestions on how to live in humility. To say the least, it was the last topic I wanted to speak on. It’s OK to have others use you as an example but it is very uncomfortable to speak about yourself, especially under the heading of humility!

Although that was my initial reaction, I changed my mind after reading the only words Jesus himself used to describe himself found in Matthew 11:29. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls”. If you are like me, you desire to be like Jesus. In fact Paul in Ephesians 5 indicates that we should be imitators of God!  How does one get to the place where others refer to them as ‘gentle and humble at heart?

As my friend Boyd so eloquently puts it. “Humility is a demeanor dependent on the Lord. Gentleness and humility lubricate the relational machinery of a home or enterprise. Gentleness is aggression under the control of the Holy Spirit, and humility is courage that is first committed to Christ.”

Humility is not something that comes with a unique formula or process to attain it; it is awareness that God’s standards of conduct are different and that humility is a condition of the heart!

Phil 2:5 States that ‘our attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ who was truly God but did not try to remain equal with God. Instead he gave up everything and became a slave when he became human like one of us. Christ was humble. He obeyed God by being willing to die for us on a cross.’

The move towards a humble approach normally starts with awareness that we are not living in a way that brings the most glory & honor to God. The awareness that this is what Christ was like and men like Moses were known for (Numbers 12:3), an awareness that has come through a rebuke about our arrogance or prideful behavior. Awareness, over time, that those who genuinely serve others get better results and tend to have better, more meaningful and lasting relationships!

For me, all of these scenarios were true. I realized ever so slowly that the life God wanted for me was one of submission to him (He is God & I’m not!) and one that honors others by serving them. Both required dying to myself and adopting a new attitude of daily life. No longer desiring to be served but to seek opportunities to serve others.

I encourage you to ask the Lord to give you daily opportunities to joyfully serve others in order to live a life of humility that God will honor and bless.

 

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New Year’s Resolutions

Tell me the truth! Have you already broken your New Year’s Resolutions yet?

That’s the reason that I don’t do resolutions But I do work on goals for the year. I break my goals down into 5 categories: SPIRITUAL, PHYSICAL, FAMILY, WORK & FINANCIAL

Whether you make resolutions or establish goals, here’s the first thing you need to know. It’s never too late to start or restart a “New Year’s” resolution or annual goals. The important thing is that you do it. So if you’ve already broken your resolution, say, to start paying down your debt, don’t lose heart. Just pick yourself up and start over. Here are three things to consider:

  • Re-examine your resolution. Did you really want to achieve that goal? If you’re not committed to it, chuck it. But if it’s still important to you—and getting out of debt should be—then make it a new priority.
  • Start with “baby steps.” Set a one-day goal and don’t think about the whole year ahead. Just meet your goal today. Then do it again tomorrow, and the next day, and so on.
  • Tap into the true source of inspiration, the Holy Spirit. Flesh can’t conquer flesh, but the Spirit can. Galatians 5:16 says, “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” Ask the Holy Spirit to renew your mind and keep you on track.

If you need help setting up a budget or finding ways to cut spending and save money, that’s why we exist. Log on to www.compass1.org

Warmly in Christ,

Howard