Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Humilty



Thank God often and always…Thank God, carefully and wonderingly for your continuing privileges. …Thankfulness is a soil in which pride does not easily grow.
             “Take care about the confession of your sins. Be sure to criticize yourself in God’s presence that is your self-examination. Put yourself under the divine criticism: that is your confession.
            “Be ready to accept humiliations. They can hurt terribly, but they help you to be humble. There can be the trivial humiliations. Accept them. There can be the bigger humiliations… All these can be so many chances to be a little nearer to our humble and crucified Lord…
            “Do not worry about status… here is only one status that our Lord bids us to be concerned with, and that is the status of proximity to himself…
            “Use your  sense of humor. Laugh about things, laugh at the absurdities of life, laugh about yourself, and about your own absurdity. We are all of us infinitesimally small and ludicrous creatures within God’s universe. You have to be serious, but never be solemn, because if you are solemn about anything, there is the risk of becoming solemn about yourself.”
 (From The Radical Disciple by John Stott where he quotes Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury on the topic of humility.)

           There is something so attractive, so compelling about people who are humble. Especially when from our perspective they might have cause for pride. I look for people like this to be examples, to be models. Being Christ-like is not something I’m a natural at (who is?) so my desire to be what God wants me to be is nurtured by such as John Stott. He helps me keep walking toward Christ with my humiliations and absurdities dogging me all the way.

5 comments:

Andrea H said...

This is beautiful- thanks for sharing

Jill said...

good thoughts!

I got the biggest kick outa your street sign incident! You must be a Block..lol! I would definitely try something like that IF I was so unfortunate to live in the city. :)
Hope you're getting your 'fix' in the country and getting your hands in the dirt some. I'm sure enjoying our garden and my alone time in it. :)

Margie Haack said...

Jill, I must be. The mosquitoes must be a plague up there this year, but enjoy the beauty and bounty. And take care of your heart, too.

hannah said...

thank you for these words! i love humble people too and am always wishing i was one of them. this was encouraging.

Kerri said...

Lovely. Thanks, Margie.