Humility In Relationships

For I say, through  the grace given to me to everyone who is among you, not to think  of himself more highly than he ought to  think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

Romans 12:3

A husband and wife who had been married for thirty-five years  were asked the secret of their marital longevity. With a smile they answered, “We made  Romans 12:3 our marital verse.”

In our society, image is everything. Many don’t care if there is little substance behind the image as long  as the image is polished-and they are totally involved in polishing their own image.  The result is  troubled  relationships. It’s difficult to inflate ourselves  without deflating the people around us.

I love the story  I heard about Muhammad Ali, who was on a plane. The flight  attendant asked him to fasten his seat belt. His reply was,”Superman doesn’t need a seatbelt.” The attendant didn’t miss a beat. She said, “Superman doesn’t need a plane.”

Paul warns us “to think soberly,” which means to have sound thinking about ourselves-to be realistic about our strengths and honest about our weaknesses. Taking a daily and weekly inventory helps us to do that. When we accept our humanity, humility is the natural result…and we’re a lot easier to live with.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to be realistic in my estimates of myself today. Help me remember that people wrapped up in themselves make very small packages.

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Don’t Run From Today

Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

Revelation 3:20

Judy had stars in her eyes when she came for counseling. She had her future well planned. She would leave the small town she lived in, with its petty problems and head for the big city, where she could start anew with a new apartment and new friends. But this was not the first time Judy had started over. She was thirty-five, and she had moved ten times in the past twelve years. Each time she was sure this move was “it”.

Through counseling, Judy found there was a big difference between dreaming about the future and then living in it. She began to see how she was wasting today by continually dreaming about tomorrow. She had been blaiming her unhappiness on her outside circumstances rather than searching for happiness within herself with the help of God.

Judy made a conscious choice to begin to live in the present. She forgave those who had hurt her in the past. She also decided to face the pain of daily living in the here and now while grieving over the death of her idealized future. She began striving to have hope for the future, while still learning from the past.

Thought:Before I think seriously about changing locations,churches,or jobs, I will take a little walk with Jesus and look into my own heart to search for the real roots of my discontent.