Tag: humility

How Humility Tempers Knowledge

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I am a recovering know-it-all.

It didn’t help to grow up in an environment where knowledge was valued at a premium. Good grades were a must, as was the ability to speak with intelligence on just about every subject.

That’s really hard to pull off when you’re young and still learning.

But I wanted to please, so I tried.

And failed.

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Palm Sunday devotional 3.20.16

Read:  Matthew 21:1-7

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Stubborn, undignified, lowly.  These are my mental images of a donkey—what are yours?  It’s interesting that Jesus, the King of Kings, chose a donkey as his vehicle for his royal processional into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  Not a majestic stallion or a golden chariot—an ordinary donkey used for farm chores.  Jesus fulfilled prophecy with his choice (Zechariah 9:9), and he also made a powerful statement.  He chose to display humility and meekness instead of power and might.  A lowly donkey helped Jesus silently state his mission to the crowd that shouted hosannas and waved palm branches.


What significance does Jesus’ choice of transportation on Palm Sunday have for you?

Daily Lenten devotional 3.8.16

grassDay 28, Week 4:  Humility (Grass Seed)

Today’s scripture passage:

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.  But if it dies, it produces many seeds.  John 12:24  NIV

Sunflowers are metaphors for my own spiritual journey.  Sunflowers are tall, but don’t require great soil to reach their heights.  As a child of divorce, I didn’t grow up in ideal conditions, but my pain allowed much spiritual growth.  Sunflowers follow the sun as they grow.  I have looked to my Heavenly Father as my source of life during my spiritual growth process.  After sunflowers bloom, their heads droop with the weight of many seeds.  Sometimes I feel burdened with pain, but I realize my story holds the potential to bless others, who are like the seeds that fall and produce a new crop.  I want to be a humble person, willing to sacrifice myself, so that others may grow in faith.

Today’s reflection:  

What can you do to produce many seeds for God’s kingdom this year?


Daily Lenten devotional 3.7.16

grassDay 27, Week 4:  Humility (Grass Seed)

Today’s scripture passage:

I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there” and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20  NIV

I love gardening.  Last year I started my seeds indoors for the first time.  I grew alpine strawberries in little peat pellets, and the seeds were so tiny I had to use a wet toothpick instead of my fingers to place them in the soil.  The seeds sprouted and eventually grew into plants that bore enough sweet fruit for my family to snack on throughout the summer.  I marvel at God’s power to produce so much from so little.  Jesus likened faith to a tiny mustard seed with the power to grow into a small tree.  The power comes from God, not from faith itself.  If we truly believe that God will move the mountains in our lives, we can have confidence even with humble-sized faith.

Today’s reflection:  

How can God use your mustard- seed-sized faith to move a certain mountain in your life?

Daily Lenten devotional 3.6.16

grassDay 26, Week 4:  Humility (Grass Seed)

Today’s scripture passage:

To keep me from becoming conceited…there was given me a thorn in my flesh…Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-9  NIV

Have you ever had a splinter?  A tiny sliver of wood, not even the size of an eyelash, can consume all your attention until it is removed.  We don’t know what kind of thorn Paul had to deal with, whether it was physical, emotional, or something else.  But we know Paul’s thorn caused him great suffering.  God used this small thing, this thorn, to bring himself glory.  Maybe people saw Paul and said, “Look at how much God works through Paul, despite his weakness.”  God wants to use all of us in our weaknesses, and he sometimes uses the weaknesses themselves to bring himself glory.

Today’s reflection:  

In what ways can your weaknesses glorify God?