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Dianne Richardson, First Orlando

Dianne Richardson, First Orlando

March 04, 2015

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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