We all have our moments, some of us many moments, of feeling prideful. We try to be the best, put up an air of having everything in control. We try to have the cutest clothes, the best job, great relationships, a beautifully decorated home, impressive cooking skills, the most “likes” on social media, a busy social life. When you feel like what you have or have done isn’t good enough, your pride can be hurt.
In my small group we’ve been studying the book of Ruth using a workbook by Kelly Minter (you can find it here if you’re interested – we’ve loved it). A couple weeks ago Kelly discussed having a season of humbling in your life and how beneficial it can be to your character:
Be encouraged that humbling seasons are for our ultimate benefit, though they are painful and, well, humbling.
I consider myself to be in a season of humbling. I used to be incredibly prideful – the things that were most important to me were looking good (including being thin), being a fast runner, having good clothes and labels, and doing something “accomplished” with my life. I’m not going to pretend that I have lost these tendencies, I definitely still have my moments.
However, this past year has been very humbling and I continue to learn and grow from these experiences. My running abilities have diminished, I’ve gained weight, I can’t afford the things I want to buy and I don’t have a job at all, let alone an “impressive” one. Although losing all these things made me feel like I wasn’t worth anything, I have learned the true meaning of my value as a person.
It’s important for us to focus on how we want to feel and make others feel, rather than our outward appearance. When we look back over our lives we aren’t going to reminisce on our exact weight, how impressive our job was, how fast we were, our class rank or what clothes we wore. We’re going to remember the experiences we had and the people who we loved.
I want to leave this world having had an impact on the lives of those around me. I want to spread God’s love, to make people feel special and important, and improve lives even in little ways. That’s what is really important.
This doesn’t mean I will no longer care about all those other things, I mean come on, I love fashion, you’ve seen my Pinterest board. But I hope to put a little less value and priority in those things.
Today I challenge you to write down the things that are most important to you now (what occupies your mind most of the day? what would you be upset about losing?) and then write down what you want to be most important to you.
If you’re willing to share – what would be your answers?
When was one time where you felt humbled in your life?