I Want To Be Humble, Whatever That Means

I want the way I live, the way I perceive the world to be through the lens of Godly humility. The truth is I am not even sure what this looks like. The word humble is now used to describe the lack of money and means. “She comes from humble beginnings” or “He lives a humble existence” are examples of the way the word humble is used but that isn’t what I mean. I have no desire to view the world from a state of personal poverty although that is never far away these days.

Once the meaning of a word is expanded it loses the power it originally contained.       

“I’m going to kill you!” How many times have you heard that yelled out? How many times have you yelled it out yourself? How many times have you run away or caused someone else to run away fearing that death is a distinct possibility? At one time if you uttered the phrase “I’m going to kill you” you better have the means to back it up or you may be the one who ended up dead. When you said “kill” you meant end life but not anymore. Now it’s just an expression, a figure of speech emptied of the power it once had because it’s definition has been expanded far beyond its original meaning.

I want to be humble but it doesn’t mean I want to be poor.

I have no desire to end up poor. I would even go out on a limb and say being rich and humble is a much greater feat to accomplish than being poor and humble. If I have nothing to brag about then I am forced to at least act humble although I think most of us know people who have managed to have nothing and still act arrogant. Still, because the word has had its meaning expanded to include a lack of means, people are more likely to think that when I say I want to be humble I am saying that I want to be poor.

I think it is time I define what I mean by wanting to be humble.

I am Dave Peever. I am because God says I am. I will cease to be when God says it is time for me to cease to be. I will succeed because God has gifted me and empowered me. I will fail because God has chosen to discipline me. I will have because God sees fit to give to me and I will lack because God sees fit to withhold from me. I will accomplish because God has chosen me for that job. I will do nothing because God has decided that I need to rest. In other words I am nothing and I do nothing on my own.

I want to be humble and I know what that means.

I need to see how really small I am and how big God is. I need to recognize how everything I do is only possible because of God. I am nothing and without God I cannot exist. I need to see that everything I do, everything I am, and everything I will be is all because of Him.

Once I view life this way, once I see how insignificant I should be, it is time for me to embrace the fact that God loves me, God cares about me, God sacrificed His son for me and God wants only the best for me.

Just when I think I have this humble thing figured out, I realize God has gone so much further.

The colours that God has chosen for everything He created may be beautiful but they are only enjoyed because He also chose to create me with the ability to see in colour and appreciate its beauty.

The sounds made by nature, created by the human voice and produced by musical instruments are beautiful because God gave me the ability to distinguish each sound and enjoy their emotional impact individually and together.

A great meal satisfies not only the need for sustenance but before it even offers my body fuel it passes over my taste buds giving me delight and enjoyment because God chose to create me that way.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? Psalm 8:3-4 (NIV)

Being humble is recognizing that in comparison with God I am nothing and yet because of God I am who I am, have what I have and enjoy what I enjoy.

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