Dianne Richardson, First Orlando
When I began to seek spiritual maturity, I began to focus on the fruits of the Spirit described in Galatians. I prayed for things like kindness and joy. However, the answer I got back was, “Nope, first we’re going to work on humility.” Huh?!
That’s not what I wanted to hear. Words like love, peace, and goodness sounded so warm and fuzzy. Humility sounded like it hurt, especially for a girl like me whose self-esteem problem is that she has too much of it. Yet I felt my answer from God was clear, and so with much consternation, I began to study humility.
As I studied, I realized that humility is the basis of all other godly attributes. I couldn’t be obedient to God without humbling myself. I couldn’t treat others with true kindness, patience, and love if I thought myself superior to them. I couldn’t ask for forgiveness or forgive others without setting myself aside and submitting to the will of God.
One day I was reading a devotional about how all of God’s creations are unique and special, which meant that I was a treasured individual in the sight of God. It’s an important and comforting message. But I received a revelation that day that went beyond that: If I am a unique and precious creation of God’s, then so is everyone else. That includes the lady who cuts me off in traffic or the guy taking forever at the U-Scan checkout at the grocery store. Or someone who has hurt me deeply who I must forgive. The lesson was simple, but profound. If I am going to cultivate humility, I have to see people as God sees them. Only then can I worry about all that warm, fuzzy stuff.
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