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One Face of Humility

Updated: May 15, 2020

"God loves you and has chosen you as his own special people. So be gentle, kind, humble, meek, and patient." ~ Colossians 3:12 (CEV)

You know those moments when we find ourselves being supremely... human?

We're upset, and it's almost like an out of body experience because the logical part of your brain can see what is happening, you think I'm not sure I really need to be this upset about this situation.

And, yet...

Whether it's an experience of anger or sadness or something else, unless you have Jesus-like control over your human frailties, those moments come.

Later, best case, you kick yourself for not having greater control over your actions (or lack thereof,) reactions, and emotions and move on...

Or, worst case, you hold onto it and regret it, mull it over, re-live it over and over and over again like a cow chewing its cud, maybe even for the rest of your life!

The need for letting go and forgiveness, however important, is not where I'm headed with this.

Think of what a privilege it is to be able to have and go through that experience... what a gift the full spectrum of human emotion really is.

What a sweet sweet Father, that He created us with all of the richness of internal textures, colors, and beyond.

Whether scientifically or metaphorically, we know there is no light without dark.

So, even in those moments of being less than our beautiful amazing stellar best selves, being willing to appreciate the richness of the experience can be a beautiful thing.

As can humbling yourself, really embracing that humility and the humanity that goes with it, and being willing to say... "I'm sorry, I don't know what came over me, I was wrong."

When we learn to do that well, there's inexplicable wealth in the level of human experience beyond that point.

The old mapmakers used to mark the areas beyond their ken with the words "Beyond this place there be dragons!"

It's possible we sometimes feel that way about authentically expressing the words...

"I don't know."

"I'm sorry."

"I was wrong."

But, the more practice we get using them sincerely, the more powerful they get, especially for the one willing to do the work to be authentically humble.

Thank You, Father, for taking us by the hand, for refining us, for helping us to walk in Your way. Amen.

"So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." ~ Genesis 1:27 (NIV)

"He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way." ~ Psalms 25:9 (BSB)

"If you are wise and understand God's ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom." ~ James 3:13 (NLT)

May the Good Lord bless you and keep you, friends... always, in all ways. Amen.

Bonus song of praise...

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