Be Weird.

  
John the Baptist was weird but highly thought of. He faithfully fulfilled what God had called him to do without looking to others in envy or for acceptance.

He was unique, the work God gave him to do was unique and he faithfully did it. 

More than once John was asked if he was the Messiah. 

He replied with this:

“A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:27-28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

John the Baptist knew who he was and he knew who he wasn’t – he was not Jesus. 

There is only one Savior and it is Jesus Christ.

You are not tasked with saving people, that is Jesus’ job(and He is good at it).

Your job is to faithfully point people to Jesus. 

Knowing who you are and who you are not is vital in carrying out your own God-given assignment. 

When God lays a burden on your heart, it will always be bigger than you and it will be something only He can do through you.

Humility is NOT about being painfully aware of all the things you can’t do, it is the ability to know who you are and who you are not

It is about faithfully fulfilling the assignment God has given you, whether for 2 people or 10,000, without trying to be someone you are not or function in gifts God has not given you.

Pride traps you in perpetual misery about all the things you can’t do and about all the gifts you don’t have. 

Humility sets you free to do what God had called you to do without looking to others in envy or for acceptance.

Be weird. Be humble. 
Faithfully point people to Jesus.

“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:30‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Lead With Your Ears

  

Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear.

God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage.

In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life. (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭19-21‬ MSG)

We tend to do the opposite: anger rises up, we lead with our mouths then follow with our ears.

We speak before we listen and defend before we understand.

You don’t have to allow anger to dictate your reactions or our words and you don’t have to prove you are right.

Being humble is leading with your ears and trying to understand someone else’s point of view.

Being humble is asking for God’s help and advice in how to respond to it.

Being wise is following His advice and putting it into practice.

Humbly

  

Pride will make you blind to see where God wants to lead you.

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. (‭Psalm‬ ‭25‬:‭9‬ NIV)

If you are asking for direction, for clarity and for God to be your guide- begin by cutting off your pride at the knees. Pride loves to rise up with shoulds, coulds and vows to protect yourself.

When pride fills your vision,it is hard to see God’s vison for your life.

Begin humbly.

Don’t ask God to guide you in the way you want to go but in the way He does.

God is more than a just a guide, He is a teacher. He wants to teach you His way of living. His way of loving. His way of being.

He will show you the path to take but truthfully, how you walk is as important (maybe more) than where you walk.

Need direction?

Begin humbly and trust Jesus to show how to live as you follow His direction on where to go.

Your Inner Selfie

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Pride lands you flat on your face; humility prepares you for honors. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭29‬:‭23‬ MSG)

At times, it is so obvious. It rises up powerfully and demands self protection.

At times, it is not so obvious. It cloaks itself in sadness and encourages self obsession.

Whether obvious or subtle, pride always centers around self. It is always about you. It is your inner selfie demanding attention, protection, preservation.

The problem with pride is that it can not distinguish between truth and lies. It will fiercely protect whatever it knows even if all it knows is wrong.

The only thing to do with pride is to confess it and ask God to forgive it.

Ask for God’s help today to change your inner selfie and transform it into an inner awareness of His love, His grace and His goodness in your life.

When that happens, humility is born.

Love Is Not

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Love is not proud.

Pride is the thing that keeps you from asking for help because you don’t want others to think you have a problem, even if you do.

Pride is the thing that keeps you silent when you should speak because you don’t want to cause trouble or cause a scene even if what you need to say is true.

Pride is the thing that prevents you from reconciling because you are right. And being right is more important than a person.

Pride keeps you safe.

Except it doesn’t.

It keeps you isolated.

No matter how any people you have in your life, trying to love them through the lens of pride keeps you disconnected and self protected.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV)