Thoughts on Humility

Do you wish to rise?  Begin by descending.  You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds?  Lay first the foundation of humility.  (Saint Augustine)

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.  (Rick Warren)

Humility is the sold foundation of all virtues.  (Confucius)

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.  (Thomas Merton)

Honesty of Children

I was at the doctor’s office.  There was a woman with her young son sitting across from me in the waiting room.  The poor little fellow was not happy and he made sure everyone knew about his distress.  That got me thinking.

As adults, we often hide our pain and our true emotions.  We say we are fine, even if we are in great distress.  We are often afraid to ask for help, because we might appear to be week or needy.  We will suffer in silence, instead of asking for help.

However when children are hurting, physically or emotionally, they will seek out help.  Children will immediately look for the people that love them and express their discomfort.  Children are honest about their feelings and I admire them for that.

 

Introvert Pride Shirt

I am an extreme introvert.  I thought it would be cool to get a shirt that perfectly proclaimed my introverted personality, so I went to Amazon and found several really good designs.

  1.  This first shirt is totally me.

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2.  This shirt is my favorite.

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3.  A social club that doesn’t require actual interaction with people, sounds like a cool idea.

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4.  I can deal with a club that meets occasionally, in small groups, for limited periods of time.

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5.  That’s why I prefer living in rural areas, the cities are so peopley.

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Are you an introvert and can you relate to any of these shirts?  Let me know which one is your favorite.

Fist 5k Charity Run – Done

I completed my first 5k (3.6 miles) charity run today.  My left leg started burning, due to shine splints after the first mile.  I ended up limping a good bit during the course and I felt nauseous after the second mile.  However, I refused to give up and I just kept moving forward.  I was determined to finish the race.

I came in last place, but I am still proud of myself.

I am ready for a nap now.   🙂

 

 

How to Resist Temptation (Matthew 4:1-11)

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Jesus went into the wilderness to spend forty days fasting.  The devil waited until Jesus was at the end of his fast before trying to tempt Jesus. The devil wanted to take advantage of the weakened and weary state of Jesus.

By studying the temptation of Jesus, we can learn how to resist temptation in our own lives.

The first temptation:

The devil told Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” (ESV)

Jesus replied, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (ESV)

The devil appealed to the fleshly desires of Jesus and tried to get him to break the fast by turning stones into bread.  The devil also tried to illicit a prideful spirit within Jesus, by saying, “If you are the Son of God.”

Jesus was able to resist temptation and used scripture as his strength and reasoning.

The second temptation:

For the second temptation, “the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and on their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.”” (ESV)

The devil continued to question Jesus about his divinity.  He also used scripture to tempt Jesus.  However, Jesus combated the temptation by quoting scripture back to the devil, “it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'” (ESV)

If we are to resist temptation and stand firm in our faith, then studying the bible is essential.  How can we proclaim to believe something if we don’t know what it teaches?  How can we stand up against false teachings, if we don’t know the truth within the scriptures?

The third temptation:

The devil tried to tempt Jesus one more time, “the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  And he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.'” (ESV)

Jesus refused and told the devil, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'” (ESV)

For the finial temptation, the devil promised to give Jesus earthly power and wealth.  Once again, Jesus resisted temptation and rejected the offer.

The temptation of riches, fame, and power is a hard one for most people.  All through out history, mankind (as individuals and as nations) have committed horrible acts to claim power over others or take riches from them.

We also have a tendency to place power and wealth as the priority of our lives.  People will ignore family obligations to make more money, only to find their family is gone when they finally reach their goals.

Money is used to justify treating employees badly or cheating customers.  The love of money can lead us into disastrous situations.

To resist such a powerful temptation, we need to have our priorities right.  We should seek to worship and serve God, and not power or wealth.