Have you looked back at your former self and thought “Wow, my attitude just sucked.”
The last 2 seasons have been testy (is that even a word?). Pretend I am a microphone and God’s finger tapping it, saying “Test. Test. Test Mic 1-2-3.” If I were a microphone I sure did not enjoy the tapping.
God was not only testing my faith, He was testing my patience, my leadership, and my attitude.
Recently, I went to a 2 day retreat called “Bow to the Lord,” to receive more revelation of where I was going with my life. Not too shockingly, I did not receive revelation, but simply an attitude adjustment. There was a problem with my attitude. I wasn’t willing to look forward and see good things since my heart was not in the right frame of mind.
Immediately, realizing the toxicity of my thoughts, I went into repentance and asked God to forgive my bitterness. I did not just want more of Jesus in me… I needed it.
“Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” James 4:10
Jesus was the most humble man on earth, and when I think of people who most reflect who He is, I think of humility. In the face of trial, God desires us to have humility because it brings us through trying times with an utmost peace.
Humility has these 3 trademarks, which breaks us from the pride and releases us into a freedom God wants us to strive towards.
1.) Having Humility Makes us Teachable.
I notice when I’m not blocked by my own judgment or preconceived notions of how things should be, I become a student of God’s wisdom and knowledge – whether it be received through the Bible or other people.
2.) Humility Opens our Hearts
It opens us to what God has to offer. I become open to ideas, people, places, and things He has placed before me. I become approachable to other people. Humility naturally causes me to see people the way God sees them.
3.) Humility Makes Us Grateful.
And being a whiner/complainer is the total opposite of a grateful attitude. Thankfulness forces me to appreciate what I already have instead of wishing on what I don’t have. Ultimately, gratefulness forces me to see the big picture and realize I could have it a lot worse.
“He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.” Deuteronomy 8:3
Is there anything in your life you feel I can pray for you today? What could it be? What are some areas of your life you feel you could use more humility? I would love to hear about it!