Sunday Blessings

15 January 2012

The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility. ~Proverbs 15:33
I came upon this verse during my devotion and prayer time this morning. The sunlight gently filtering through my bedroom window fell upon the page, lighting the words so that they stood apart from the rest of the text. It made me pause in my reading for a minute and reflect upon what those words meant. 

So often I have found myself dreaming of what it would be like to be a published author. Seeing my books in bookstores, where others can freely read them, sends a thrill down my spine. In these times, I'm tempted to get a big head about my writing or my self-importance. For one short moment, I forget to give honor to Him who deserves it. 

Have you ever experienced this yourself? I know we've all had those moments where we start thinking a little too much of ourselves, just like we have those moments when we think we're worth nothing. Sometimes it seems impossible to maintain the right balance: humility coupled with content, pride in oneself without arrogance. 

The Bible gives us a very clear vision of that for which we should aim in this short verse. Before we can expect to be honored, whether as a published author or a dearly-beloved wife and mother, we must learn to instill in ourselves a sense of humility. 

humility |(h)yoōˈmilitē|

a modest or low view of one's own importance; humbleness.

Humility does not mean you think of yourself as worthless. Rather, it means you have the proper perspective, where your worth is in Christ Jesus and not in your own works. Humility is placing others before yourself and valuing their wishes over your own. It's hard -- I'm not denying that fact. So many times I think I'm "being humble," and then I realize the very act of praising myself for being humble is, well . . . not humility. 
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. ~Saint Augustine
What are some ways you can practice humility in your daily life?

4 epistles:

  1. So true dear. Thank you for this good reminder. :)

    -your sis Bree

  2. I have often felt the same way, when I think a lot about getting published and having my book on bookshelves for everyone to see, but this Scripture in Proverbs is so true and convicts me as well, that humility comes before honour, and that in everything, we must give all glory to God. I love that quote by Augustine as well. Thank you so much for sharing this today, Elizabeth. I think I needed it!

    In Christ,
    ~Joy @

  3. Your words are very encouraging and very true! To possess humility is actually to possess strength, not weakness (as some believe). Remembering to put others before myself helps remind me of humility, though I confess that I certainly don't practice that enough. :)

    On a completely unrelated note, I just wanted to commend (and thank) you for holding up high standards on your blog. I appreciate your desire to promote Christ, your elevated writing style, and your superb content as well. Your blog is very refreshing. :)

  4. Humility is a hard thing to grasp because, as you so well said, once you think that you have arrived and are humble then you are thinking too much of your own accomplishments once again and so it continues in a vicious cycle. True humility can only be accomplished by realizing that without Christ we deserve no more then hell and elevating who we consider "the least" above ourselves.

    Very well written, Lizzy. Your writing is superb and an encouragement to me.

    Love ya,


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