SEE YOUR GREATNESS!!! And know….. there is no pride in focusing on the greatness within you.
At church yesterday there were a lot of talks about pride and humility. I think growing up I believed humility came with constantly putting myself BACK in my place. Focusing on my flaws. Focusing on all the reasons I am less than. The voice “who do you think you are” was WELCOMED. Because in my mind that voice kept me from PRIDE.
To be honest, I think there’s quite a few that subscribed to that belief. People warn of pride, giving antidotes to remember you are flawed, don’t be happy about the things you do right, don’t celebrate success, don’t puff yourself up with thinking of your goodness, OR ELSE the evil feelings of pride will befall you.
Is that how it really works?
Is focusing on all the reasons we are less than REALLY what humility is all about?
Are we really suppose to keep our flaws and sins in the forefront of our mind?
Is that what God wants?
Is that HONORING God?
To avoid pride do I have to focus on the flaws in his creation of me??
That just doesn’t feel right to me.
Maybe because when I subscribed to that belief and lived it…. I didn’t feel closer to God in doing so.
I feel humility means we give credit where credit is due.
In reading this scripture…. “I give unto men weakness that they may be humble”. … I see it referring to the weakness of my BODY.
Our bodies are not perfect. Our bodies have weaknesses. Those weaknesses are there to strengthen our SPIRITS by providing resistance. Just like weights provide resistance to strengthen my body.
God gave me a body that is weak so every single time those weaknesses of my body dominate my behavior I can step back, come to God, and make an intentional choice to let my SPIRIT dominate my behavior and choices.
For I know my spirit is eternal, it is of God, it is not weak. And if I’m being honest with you guys…. I feel closer to God in recognizing the AWE of the greatness of my spirit.
I don’t feel it’s prideful to look at myself with MASSIVE LOVE and GRATITUDE. Because I know I am HIS. I know I truly am a child of God and He LOVES me.
He CREATED me. He also created the flowers. There is no pride focusing on the GRANDEUR of the flowers. There is no humility in focusing on the flaws of the flowers. How can it be different in how we view self?
So this morning I strengthen my body with weights. And I strengthen my mind and spirit with personal development and scripture study. And I THANK GOD for his creation of me, and know there is no pride in that.