Embrace Humility

Good morning. It is Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

Today is “Hagfish Day.” The purpose of this day is to raise awareness that outer beauty isn’t everything. Seriously. I’m not making this up.

Still waiting on that new PC to arrive. According to the UPS tracking, it is in Fort Worth this morning, and scheduled for delivery today.

We had a great Huddle meeting last night. Not everyone was there for the first meeting, but it still went well. We are meeting each Tuesday evening this time, instead of every other week. Hopefully, that will help us to keep more focused and keep more connected. Last night we all had to come up with the three most important spiritually formative moments in our lives. That was not easy, let me tell you. When you’re as old as I am, it’s harder to remember that far back. 😀 Seriously, though, there were some very good moments in the group. We will finish that exercise next week.

The Red Sox won a nail-biter yesterday afternoon, beating the Tigers 1-0 behind the stellar pitching of John Lackey (I never thought I would be saying THAT). Justin Verlander was pretty stellar, himself, the only mistake being that fat pitch he threw to Mike Na-po-li! Na-po-li! Na-po-li! that resulted in a home run, the only run in the game. Detroit struck out 12 times, and the Red Sox struck out 11, which, if my math is correct gives them a total of 43 strikeouts on the series so far. This series has definitely been a pitcher’s series. Today’s game is at 7pm. I’ll probably have to listen to part of it from the gym, as I really do want to get my workout in today.

(From Great Stories from History for Every Day)

On this date in 1793, Marie Antoinette rose early, “and dressed in a white pique gown, a white bonnet, a muslin shawl and plum-coloured high heeled shoes. Then she drank a cup of morning chocolate.” Shortly after eleven o’clock, she begin her journey to the Place de la Concorde, her arms tied as she rode. “She was headed for her own execution.” Her husband, Louis XVI, had been executed nine months before. Marie had been imprisoned in conditions that were so undignified that she is alleged to have said to her daughter, the last time she saw her, “God Himself has forsaken me–I no longer dare to pray.” When she arrived at her destination, she trembled so badly that she had to be helped from the cart. She tripped, going up the steps, and stepped on the executioner’s foot, for which she apologized. Her last words? “Monsieur, excuse me, I didn’t do it on purpose.” A few moments later, the blade dropped. Marie Antoinette was only 37 years old.

Today’s birthday is John Mayer, born on this date in 1977. Mayer is a popular singer/songwriter/guitar player, who, sadly, is more known for his pop music, which is somewhat “drippy.” However, the boy can flat play the guitar! He can really play the blues, which can usually only be enjoyed in a live setting, which I have had the pleasure of catching twice. At one performance, I was pretty much mesmerized by his cover of this song.

Honorable mentions go to Angel Lansbury, 88, Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Tim Robbins, 55, Noah Webster, 1758-1843, Bob Weir, 66, Goose Goslin, 1900-1971, Wendy Wilson, 44, and Eugene O’Neill, 1888-1953.


Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard,
who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip.
Psalm 66:8-9
. . . hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay! Psalm 70:5
For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.
Psalm 71:5-6
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10

Father, I pray for revelation from your Spirit this morning. Not necessarily “new” revelation, but just showing me something that will keep my face turned toward yours for the duration of this day. Teach me your ways.

Today’s reading in A Year With God is called “Clothe Yourselves with Humility.” The scripture reading is 1 Peter 5:1-5.

So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

In this passage, Peter begins by encouraging the elders, the ones who should have authority, but finishes by encouraging the younger people to willingly submit to those elders who should have the authority. It is important to note the progression. Before admonishing the younger people to submit, he exhorts the elders to be worthy of submitting to. It is difficult to submit to authorities who are “self-deceived and inflated with a sense of their own importance, wisdom, and power.” Note that Peter says, “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility. . .” (emphasis added) What is humility? “A realistic and honest self-appraisal in which we acknowledge our strengths and weaknesses, our abilities and inabilities, the gifts that God has given us and those gifts we can receive only from others.” when we embrace humility, we admit that we “are not the center of the universe and stand in dire need of Christ and Christ’s Body, the Church.” When we humble ourselves before God and others, it is amazingly freeing, and allows us to fully “cast our concerns upon him.”

Father, teach us to embrace humility in our lives. Teach us all that we are not the center of the universe but that we most definitely need each other to survive. We also need to be reminded of our constant need for you in our lives. As we embrace humility, also teach us to submit to those who are in authority over us, both in the world, and within the church.

I pray for this day. As Christi walks out the door, I pray for her safety as she drives to work, and I pray that she has a successful day at the job today. I pray that you would draw Stephanie closer to you today, and show her your purpose for her life. Give us wisdom to help her find that purpose. May I have a successful day at my job today, as well, getting everything accomplished that needs to be done today.

I lift up a special prayer today for Sabina Hawley, the mother of a fellow blogger, who is in the hospital with pneumonia. Place your healing hand on her and draw the sickness out of her that she might recover and get back to her family and life.

Your grace is sufficient.

Humility is not easy for us, especially in Western culture. But it is necessary for us to be successful followers of Christ. Embrace humility.

Grace and peace, friends.