Another book that I read recently was Humility: True Greatness by C.J. Mahaney. As I said earlier this year I knew that the Lord was going to teach me through the word humility this year. Although at the outset of the year it wasn’t super clear what that would mean I’ve already tasted situations and seen a glimpse of ways that I need to grow in humility and seen examples around me that stood out to me showing me how important of a character trait it is.
I could go on and on about the things that this book taught me. Some are too personal to share in blogland… but I’ll share some points I read that really resonated with me…
- 'Contrary to popular & false belief, it’s not ‘those who help themselves’ whom God helps; it’s those who humble themselves.' pg. 21
- 'Father, I want to stand as close to the cross as I possibly can, because it’s harder for me to be arrogant when I’m there. The cross never flatters us.' pg. 68
- 'Thankfulness is a soil in which pride does not easily grow.' pg. 70
-identify evidences of grace in others.. I.e. fruits of the spirit I see in them… specifically in luke & my kids.
-pg. 134 said, 'humility doesn’t demand mathematical precision from anothers’ input; humility postures itself to receive God’s grace from any avenue possible.'
- 'if you’re a parent, don’t celebrate anything more than you celebrate godly character in your children.' pg 160
the point i have been working on the most is finding evidences of God's grace in other people. specifically my kids and my husband. i remember while teaching i would hear teachers in my school encourage students when they were specifically patient or self-controlled and if you think about it those are the traits that we so desperately want our kids to go after. i love celebrations and during a recent parenting q & a panel I got to listen to the mom's emphasized making fun celebrations for things in your family. i undoubtedly was heading that way anyway but i'm excited to implement these thoughts in my family so that it will keep my own heart in check and desire a life full of humility. for that is something truly pleasing to the Lord.