Humility

Isaiah 66:1-2

Thus says the Lord:
“Heaven is my throne,
    and the earth is my footstool;
what is the house that you would build for me,
    and what is the place of my rest?
All these things my hand has made,
    and so all these things came to be,
declares the Lord.
But this is the one to whom I will look:
    he who is humble and contrite in spirit
    and trembles at my word.

These verses bring myself into awe of who God is. It’s describes the Lord as in Heaven and he is looking for someone who is humble and has a contrite. Now raise your hand if this you… This is impossible to do on our own but we are still called to do it. There is only one man who did this perfectly and that was Jesus Christ. He took me on journey this past through Humility and so I have a few thoughts from that.

I have now been involved in Lent for three and half weeks. And I realize I said I was going to write a weekly blog post. Well that has not happened. I could go into what I think are reasons but really it comes down to I had no idea what to write about. I have been thinking and praying through what to write next and I landed on leadership. But something happened last week which reminded me before I get into leadership I need to discuss humility. As apart of Lent, I am reading a devotional every morning call the The Journey Through the Cross by Kendal Haug and Will Walker. I was able to find a free pdf version online. Each week they take a different theme to discuss. The first week is repentance and the second was humility. During this past week, I felt lead to re-read Humility: True Greatness by CJ Mahaney. I read this about three years ago and changed my perspective on how Jesus views life. So I read two chapters a day and I finished this morning. And I was on the last chapter. The plan that was in my head was to close the book and then talk to Sara about how great the book, which it is. However, God obviously had other plans. I was drinking a cup of coffee while I was reading. And I was talk a drink on the last page, when I clumsily spilled coffee all over the book and myself. Here is the picture to prove it:

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Now I am extremely proud when it comes to my books. I love to show off my collections and I do my best to protect them. This is one of my favorite books and one that God has used to change my life(By the way I highly recommend this book to everyone). My typical reaction would have been to yell and get upset. But all I could do was laugh for God wanted to make sure I did not use a book on Humility to bring pride to myself. Also Sara got a very good laugh at is as well.

Why talk about Humility first before leadership? Simply it is number one quality the Lord looks for in a leaders, see the verse above. I want to lead defined by what God define and ultimately this means I need to be humble. I have to fight against the desire for people to see me as the really great leader because ultimately it is Jesus Christ my Lord who makes me the leader. And without Him then I cannot lead. And so the first thing that I have learned about leadership is the need to kill pride and humbly serve the Lord.

I will say this I am not expert on humility even though I feel like I am after reading a book on it. But I think what Lent has shown me most is this is a lifelong discipline and it will take some time. I will say I have the best person in my life to help with this, Sara. She is constantly able to point out my pride and show me how I am not loving Jesus. And even if she does not say anything. Typically, the Holy Spirit shows me how I was prideful to her. I go and apologize. I will say this past week has given me a renewed vigor to kill pride and foster humility. And as last Sunday shows my clumsiness will always be there to show me how much I need this. And ultimately need Him.

 

Humility

Going Analog

Today is February 10, 2015, also known as Ash Wednesday. For those of you who do not know what this is; it is the beginning of Lent. Over last five years or so, I have been interested in participating in Lent. My attempts have been weak at best. The purpose of Lent is to get closer to God by preparing for Easter Sunday. This is typically done by choosing something to abstain from for 40 days. I will once again for the fifth year in a row attempt to go through Lent. And so I wanted to outline how this will look like for me. (Here is an article about Lent which helped a couple of years ago: Lent)

The Why

The first thing to answer is why would I chose to do this. The simple answer is it is a way to get closer to Jesus. For centuries, Christians have used this as way to get rid of the distractions and get closer to Jesus. This is the goal I have in mind. I want to get rid of the biggest distraction I have: Technology. I will explain in a bit in what all I will be doing. I also have another goal in mind and that is to find out what areas of my life needs to pruned away. I did this a couple years ago and stopped using twitter because of it so I am excited to see what will happen this time. The following verses sum up my purpose:

Philippians 3:7-9 “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith”

Technology

Over the last few months, the Holy Spirit has shown how dependent on Technology I have become on, when I am supposed to be dependent on Him. So for the next forty days I am giving Him control of Technology. Now, I am only going to use it if it keeps me connected with Him or other people. But here is what I am doing, I am disabling all of the following Apps and websites: Social Media, Sports, Shopping, and news related apps. The only apps that are currently left on my phone are Bible Apps, Church Apps, and Apps which cause communication between people. I have also disabled all notifications on my phone except calendar, phone calls, and texts. I will only be checking email once a day. I am also not going to be suggesting to my Wife that we watch TV or movies together. This will force me to think of other things to pursue her with. I am praying through all of this to bring my closer to God.

Addition

There is one thing I have learned with doing Lent over the last couple of years and that is you have to add something you are taking away. Here is what I am going to do instead. I am going to read the following books Forgotten God by Francis Chan, Tranny of the Urgent by Charles Hummel, Family Worship by Donald Whitley, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, For Men Only by Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn, and People Can Change by Timothy Lane and Paul David Tripp. All of these I have already begun and some I will finish very soon. Most of these I believe will bring me closer to the Lord.

The next thing I am going to do is pray with my wife everyday. This is a habit I am looking to start everyday but I am committing forty days to do this. And I am thankful I have a wife that will not let me forget this commitment.

The next thing is I am trying the bullet journal method. This a concise method of journaling. I am not going to attempt to explain it so here is the website for more info: http://bulletjournal.com/

The last thing I will do is I will write at least one blog a week. This will be to update on what has been going on since I begin this and what the process looks like. This may include reviews of the above books and they have impacted my life. It will not be on the same day but I will pray about which day to begin it on.

Last Thing

Ultimately, I am praying this will bring me closer to Jesus. I am also hoping this will bring some type of encouragement to anyone reading this. There really is nothing special about me or these words. The only person that matters is Jesus and so I pray if you are reading this its what you are reading. I am excited about this journey and look forward where the Holy Spirit will lead.

Going Analog