As a young kid, I used to be very insecure. Somewhere in my teens I looked for a way to be accepted. Sometimes it was through healthy things like working hard at music. I had hoped to “make it” someday and leave a mark on the world for centuries.
This morning I’m thinking of all that I have to get done and someone jumps in the shower before me. My first inclination is to be frustrated and angry. Then, I remember how that has never served me well so, I try to make the best of the situation.
When the actions of people in my lie dictates my serenity I realize I’m in the wrong spiritual place. I’m learning to accept the things I cannot change and to change the things I can. God gives us the wisdom to know the difference.
God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Jesus demonstrated humility by entering humanity and suffering at the hands of men. He knew this was coming and humbly submitted Himself to the plan of redemption. Now He sits at the right hand of the Father in glory.
James 4:6-8 But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say,
“God opposes the proud
but favors the humble.”
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.