Friday, 14 June 2013

On Humility.

**James 4:6 (CEB): But he gives us more grace. This is why it says, God stands against the proud, but favors the humble.

**Philippians 2:3 (CEB): Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves.

"Humility, in various interpretations, is widely seen as a virtue in many religious and philosophical traditions, being connected with notions of egoLESSness" (Wikipedia)

Remember when you sat down with your "house-help" to really find out what you could do to help him/her? Or the day you volunteered to cook so he/she could have a day off?

Remember when you apologized for being rude and unnecessarily annoying to your co-worker/friend/or any of your subordinates?

Remember when you arrived super early to church and you volunteered to give your seat to that old and wrinkled man that crawled in half-way through the service?

....Yeah! I don't remember either.

Many of us constantly fight with the idea of humbling ourselves. Why do we walk with a thousand chips on our shoulder? who informed us that we are better than the next person? Have you ever considered that one phone call, one robbery incident, one missed call could potentially terminate "ALL" that you are? Let me remind most of you that ball on your parents money, and have the nerve to command and order your parents drivers and workers: ((God forbid)) that something should happen to your parents and you lose them, I fear for where life will place you. I agree that there are times when it is so hard to show humility. We have natural desires to be right about anything; we also face difficulty trying not to complain about an unfavorable situation.

Pride has NEVER been a good look and NEVER will be! #ActLikeYaKnow!

There is nothing as beautiful and rare as seeing a highly respected and valued person treat those higher and most especially lower with utmost equality and respect. If you knew what it took me to get to where I am, you will shut your mouth Favor! NO! I won't. God placed you in that position to lead others just as He would. He placed to there to be a reflection of Him since He no longer is here on earth. You were not given that position to abuse power and treat other people like the scum of the earth. To that girl who ties your face and curses other girls that have not been opportune to have all your parents were fortunate to give you: You will never know where the road of life will take you. Make investments in everyday people you meet because tomorrow is not assured and who knows whose door you will painfully and dreadfully have to knock on in need of help? Ask Joseph. Remember when his brothers hated him and what not? and later had to go to him for help? I can assure you they were not feeling as proud as they once were. Besides, even not for selfish gain treating people properly is the better way. Just to know that you are responsible for the smile on someone's face, or the reason that person's self-esteem escalated just provides inner joy.

To you who has been taught by your parents all your life that you are better than the next person, I apologize on their behalf for failing and misinforming you, but everyone deserves all that pertains to life and godliness. The next time you are about to open your mouth and slam that girl for not doing what you asked her to do, put yourself in her shoes and "observe shut-up." The next time you offend someone or someone offends you, reach out to them and clear the air. You don't always have to be the offender to seek peace. Let your boss remind you of who you do not want to be. Let him/her be your motivation. Smile at people. Holding your chin up communicates pride too. Let your presence be sweet and graceful. You garner respect by treating people with value. You are valuable aren't you? Empower others to recognize their worth. Don't be the reason a person flirts with suicidal thoughts.

"Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.-C.S Lewis"

"It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.-Saint Augustine."

At one point or another we face moments where our pride gets in the way of our greatness, there is no condemnation here. Only grace. Seek God and ask Him to break your heart and tear out characters that do not reflect Him. Ask Him to replace your ugliness for beauty and grace. This week, I challenge you to turn your view from yourself, and pleasantly shock someone else by doing something nice and unexpected. Apologize to that hurt person. Say thank you even though the person is paid to serve you. Become like an angel and break-up with your devils. Step out of your self-given character and walk into your God-given character. "...He who humbles himself will be exalted."

You have it IN you. Try and see that the grass is greener on the other side.

I believe in you. I trust you. I mean well. I love you.

Remain beauty-FULL and believe nothing else.

Favor O.
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