In our lives too, despite our amazing capacity to communicate and plan, there will be moments when we are caught unprepared by another’s need. If we put ourselves in the place of the man who is suddenly asked to host, whom would we call for help?
Is there someone in our lives we’d be comfortable waking up in the middle of the night? These questions are very revealing when you consider them. They measure the depth of our connection with others and also our sense of identity. Have we recognized that our “vaunted independence” can be sacrificed, and that strong people, not weak ones, can share their needs and lacks?!
Who would you wake up in the middle of the night?
How do you know they’d help without making you feel guilty and a burden?
FAMILY TIME— Who are your closest family friends? How do you help each other?
The worst thing about pride, in the final analysis, is that it gets in the way of connecting with Jesus. In His ministry, it was strugglers and stragglers, women and men who knew their need, who became His friends and followers. The theologians and the leaders largely missed out on His grace and mercy.
My own pride, un-submitted to God, can cripple my life and work. But as I review each day and acknowledge each challenge, I find humility near at hand. When I read about Jesus and see His unselfish regard for others and His unassailable integrity, humility is easier to feel. When I celebrate the grace I see in others—humility floods my heart.
Do you have any practices that feed your humility?
Thank God for His mercy and for humble people who inspire you.
FAMILY TIME— Who do you know that is humble? How can you tell? Pray that God will grow your humility