It was a frosty 22 degrees this morning.
I’ve been back to reading me some “Ruthless Trust” by Brennan Manning:
“Humble men and women do not have a low opinion of themselves, they have NO opinion of themselves, because they so rarely think about themselves. The heart of humility lies in undivided attention to God, a fascination with his beauty revealed in creation, a contemplative presence to each person who speaks to us and “de-selfing” of our plans projects, ambitions, and soul. Page 120 … we present to others a self that is spiritually together, superficially happy, and lacquered with a sense of self-deprecating humor that passes for humility. The irony is that while I do not want anyone to know that I am judgemental, lazy, vulnerable, screwed up, and afraid, for fear of losing face, the face that I fear losing is the mask of the impostor, not my own… we have not come to terms with the tragic flaw in our lives, the brokenness that is proper to the human condition. Without that acknowledgment, there can be little power for as Jesus said to the apostle Paul, “My power works at its best in your weakness.” II Cor 12:9 Page 122 … Humility and honesty are really the same thing. A humble person is simply a brutally honest person about the whole truth. You and I came along a few years ago, and we’re going to be gone in a few years. The only honest response to life is a humble one.” Page 124
I am far from being the humble person I want to be but it is good to be reminded of the attributes of a humble soul and the direction that one can take to be even a little bit more like Jesus – The Master of Humility!!