Written by Colette Magoon (Excerpted from the Collegiate Devotional Bible NIV)
In a world of cynics on every part,
Lord, take the pessimism from my heart–
The part of me that tends to say,
“You are wrong. That’s not the way.”
The part that chooses to distrust,
assuming they’re filled with lust,
with egotism, greed and pride,
Lord, show me I too have that side–
the arrogance that hides within,
a subtle, sly and devious sin.
Replace it with humility
that serves and loves and dies to me.
I am not so good at being a servant. If I had my preference, I would be the one being served. That’s horrible. How can I sit here and write this to you if that is how my heart really feels? But it is the truth.
Sometimes, when I have been home all day with the kids my pride seems to take over right when my husband enters the door. This thought that, “I deserve a break” strangles my judgement and I start to perseverate on that. Before I realize whats happened, I’m yelling at my husband and my kids, or I’m locking myself into my bedroom and spending my “much needed” break playing on my phone, wasting good time.
Please don’t misunderstand my point here. I probably do need that break. You know who also needed that break? My husband probably did as well. This week, I have decided to give myself this challenge: Every day, no matter how tired or exhausted I am, my goal is to greet my husband at the door with a spirit of humility.
Maybe I will have coffee waiting for him when he comes home or a drawing the kids made just for him. Then after he has had a moment to decompress I can calmly ask for my half hour to do the same. I know I will need that break at the end of the day, but I also know that God requires that I am humble about it.
Bible verses for the week:
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Luke 14:11 (NIV)
For the little ones in your life:
Walk humbly, and do what is right.
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