Monday, March 8, 2010

Humility - a great little devo

Every now and again I will read a devo that will just really teach me something, or bless me in a new way. This morning I read this, and thought that it needed to be shared.
It is actually from the Blessings Unlimited newsletter that my friend Tammy Carroll shares with me monthly. Tammy is a long time friend from high school, and is a representative from Blessings Unlimited, which is a division of DaySpring. They sell GREAT home decor and so much more, all with a Christ centered theme!! You can find her in my "friends" listing on Facebook, and link to her site here: http://tammycarroll.blessingsdirect.com/ .
Here is the devo that was sent out:


"I recently did a series on my blog and knew one post needed to be about my strengths. But more than anything I’ve written, I avoided it. Why?
The "good Christian girl" voice inside kept saying, "But that's not humble."
Finally, I had a little chat with her...
"Girl, what's your definition of 'humility'?"
"Being insecure, thinking everyone else is better than you."
Something about that didn't sound quite right. So I decided to check out God's definition of humility. And the happy tears started.  
Y'all, "good Christian girl" may be a sweetheart but she is so wrong on this one.
Get ready, I'm about to go Greek on you. And I thought that was done when I graduated college.
Moving along...Most of the time, the word "humility" is from the Hebrew word "Kana" which implies submission to another's will.
In the New Testament, it's a Greek word formed from two others - "Tapeinos" (low to the ground) and "Phren" (our hearts/minds). Put all of that together and humility means bowing our hearts to God.
Or in other words, submitting to His will. And what is His will? That we agree with what He says and live out...including what He says about us.
He says we're loved, accepted, and wonderfully made in a way that’s just right for His purposes to be fulfilled in our lives.
And what does God do after we humble ourselves before him?
Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up. James 4:10
Here's the process: We come before God and say, "I bow my heart before you in love. I embrace that you are God and I am not. All I am, all I have is yours."
Then He takes our hearts by the hand, lifts us up, and says, "Stand tall, my daughter. You are loved. You are of great worth. Do my will."
(When our hearts beat with God's, then we also stay in rhythm with others and"love them as ourselves." Speaking unkindly about each other or ourselves is the same in His eyes. Either way, one of His girls gets hurt.) 
Whew, who could use a chocolate break right now?
It's time to see ourselves differently in our stories. We're going to look at our strengths tomorrow. For today, enjoy a big, gooey, wonderful piece of humble pie. With whipped cream AND a cherry. Yes, ma'am.
It just may be the sweetest thing you've ever tasted.

Holley Gerth
Holley Gerth is an award-winning writer and Editorial Director for Blessings Unlimited® and DaySpring Cards® with over ten years of experience in the publishing industry. She’s the author of over 2,000 cards, as well as several devotionals, articles, journals, and children’s books. Holley has a masters degree in counseling and she’s passionate about bringing hope to the hearts of women. You’re invited to visit her online at Heart to Heart with Holley (http://holley.dayspring.com)."
I hope that you are blessed too!!
Grace and Peace,
Marina