Who? Me?

How has God called and gifted you to contribute in the body of Christ? For me, it has been as a writer and sometimes reluctant speaker. Often those who serve in a communications calling like mine struggle with the divide between self-promotion and God’s clear directives toward humility.

One of my best lessons in humility came when I was given the opportunity to write for a well-loved women’s monthly devotional publication. I had visions of the acclaim and admiration my work could receive—until my editor indicated the writers were never acknowledged by name.

I soon recognized God was giving me an opportunity to humbly serve Him “incognito.” My unrecognized devotional writing would allow me to learn a sweet lesson in decreasing for His increase and to experience the presence of His affirmation alone.

While the world (and too often the church as well) is all about acclaim and fame, God’s goal for us is humility that draws attention away from us and toward others and Him. First Peter 5:5 says to “clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud, but shows favor to the humble.’” Let’s ask God to help us cultivate a humble spirit pleasing to Him.

Lettie Kirkpatrick Burress loves Jesus, missions, writing, the east Tennessee mountains, and her family. Connect with her at lettiejk@gmail.com.

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