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A Little Humility

Travis Tritt sang the lyrics, “I had to find out for myself the hard way. You can’t tell me nothin’

When I was younger I knew everything. You couldn’t tell me a thing. Ok you still can’t tell me much. And that attitude got me in so much trouble, pain and suffering.

Later after giving my life to God I decided I knew everything but it was more holy then. Once I was going to share with an older gentleman why he needed God. I felt God say shut up. Well He said it nicer. He said God is in Heaven and you are on earth so let your words be few. But basically he said shut up.

I am so glad I listened. The man wasn’t going to hear a word I said. And God knew his heart. Later I learned the man knew God just not in the way I thought he should.

Today it seems everyone is giving their opinion. Everyone is screaming why they are right.

I tell God, “Here this is your newspaper, an avenue to speak. Do you want to talk about Covid? Vaccines? Afghanistan? God I will talk about whatever you want.”

And I clearly hear Him say no.  But I whine - it’s an opinion column. I want to help people see. His answer - No.

Last week, I went to a Sunday school class for the first time in many years.

The lesson was on being humble.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says - If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Is our wicked way arrogance?

I don’t know everything. I have some good ideas of what’s going on and if you want to call and ask my opinion I would tell you.

But as I look back on my life, almost every terrible thing came from I want. I am going to do this. And this is what I think.

Every good thing in my life came from God saying do this and I said ok.

Years ago I met a guy and I was going to tell him about God. I talked for hours and I think all he heard was blah blah blah. Then I felt God say tell him this verse (I won’t share as that was private). My response to God was why share that. Who cares about that? I don’t.

But God said just say it. So I did. For weeks and months the guy would bring that verse up to me. And my response was the same every time. Who cares? I didn’t bring this man to know God. I was simply the messenger.

There is too much arrogance and pride in our world right now. Maybe a little humility. A little more listening to God would do us all some good.

The pastor said in his sermon on Sunday what if we all had bumper stickers that said “I could be wrong.” How many more people would come to know God then?

I don’t have the answers for you. When I give advice I am saying I am right and you are wrong.

Well what’s right for you isn’t always for me. We don’t know each other’s experiences, perspectives or hearts.

And this attitude of mine will probably go on till Judgement Day. But as long as I am alive I see progress.

Twenty years ago I was right, you were wrong. And I was a fool. But I had come so far from where I was.

As Joyce Meyer says, “I am not where I am supposed to be but thank God I am not where I used to be.”

I don’t look at my flaws often because most of the time I just think thank God I am here. Look how far I have come. Thank you for those hardships that made me stronger. Thank you for another day to try again. Most importnatly, thank you God that I am still here.

And thank God for humility. It reminds me I am not God. That would be too big a job for me.

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