Words of Wisdom

Is there a particular phrase that you can recall hearing more than most from growing up? For me, the words “Be thankful and have a humble heart” come to mind. Whether in school, church, or in the community these are words that have resonated with me even into adulthood.

There are times when the scale of humility teeters from modesty/not prideful to not worthy/no credit deserved. It is important to understand the context in which we use the words humble and humility and where our heart is in the process.

As children we are quick to be prideful because our world revolves around us. It is important to teach humility to our children. As we get older, humility can be seen more as “the quiet, silent type”; shown by individuals who address a need or concern and do not make it a public announcement. They know the need or concern being addressed is far greater than the need of drawing attention to themselves.

In my home, I have experienced being humbled by none other than my children. Since they live in such a “what you see is what you get” world, they are quick to point out when my actions are those of pride versus humility, without them even being aware of teaching me a lesson.

When we look in the Bible we read that Jesus in His interactions approached those in need with humility, (Samaritan woman at the well). Jesus, as God’s Son, could have easily held over people’s heads Who He was, but He did not. That was not His purpose nor mode to draw others to Him and His message. In all we say and do, may we too remember the One Who we are to emulate . . . Jesus. May our actions and words be those that draw us and others closer to God.

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Phil. 2:5–8 NIV).

Jenn is a wife and mother of two boys and one girl, she enjoys putting puzzles together with her kiddos, watching reruns of Friends with her hubby, and trying new recipes. She has a passion for encouraging women to live on mission. She also writes of the adventures with her “people” (children), at www.adventureswithmypeople.wordpress.com.

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