Spiritual Coaching Vol 2 #211 Humble… www.dennymeyer.me
A friend of mine always used to kid around and say, “I am proud of my humility.” He truly was a humble guy. Ben Franklin on trying to curb bad habits once commented, “In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself; you will see it, perhaps, often in this history; for, even if I could conceive that I had compleatly overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.”
Humility is tricky business but if you have taken the steps that lead us here it comes more easily. The next Advent step is: We humbly ask our Creator to remove our shortcomings.
We have discovered that we can not do this on our own. We can philosophize about it, we can debate it, we can talk about will-power, we can try and gain better judgment, and in all these ways we will find ourselves falling short. Unable to make the needed change. It is our Creator alone who can change our scars into stars and our shortcomings into the shortest path between selfishness and selflessness. Most of what we do in life is selfish. What we truly need to discover is a way to let our Creator become the CEO of our life and create a 180 degree adjustment. Jesus often said to his followers, “Come to me if you carry a heavy burden and I will give you rest.” He is implying that he will do the heavy lifting needed to remove the impediments to our recovery. And let’s face it – we will be in recovery for the rest of our life. This step by its very nature requires trust – the Creator will do what is promised.
Do the first steps and you will find the humility to say, yes, to your Creator and Amen to the promise.