Being humbled seems to be a theme for my life right now. I keep finding myself upset or frustrated, or just plain pissed off at someone or something only to soon after be humbled. And humbled HARD. Like knocked down onto my butt humbled. Which is a good thing because the “bruised butt” makes sure that I don’t forget for awhile.
It’s so easy to be consumed by negativity sometimes… I guess because the frustration builds up and it just feels so good to “vent” out those bottled feelings. Cutting down always makes us feel better… (at the time anyways). Thankfully God has placed some really awesome people and circumstances in my life to keep me accountable to good thoughts and words. I had a friend the other day remind me while I was listing off my frustrations about someone that this someone admires my good qualities even though I don’t “feel the love” sometimes. Boom, knocked on my butt. Wow, I can be such a jerk sometimes… (sorry if any of you reading this have experienced my “jerkiness”). This friend said the most simple, honest, and loving thing she knew to be true and my entire spirit changed right then and there.
These instances have happened like five times in the last week. Not that I’m constantly griping… but when I start feeling strong negativity towards some thing/one I soon after am divinely reminded that those thoughts are not my true self. I turn in towards The Spirit and am humbled. Learning to overcome pride is one of the hardest things to learn, but so wonderful. I am so glad that I am learning this right now in my life. It makes life more peaceful and enjoyable.
Here’s one of my favorite verses/songs fitting for this:
He has shown thee, oh man, what is good and what the Lord requires of thee. But to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God. ~Micah 6:8
And a few other quotes that are healing to my mind and spirit:
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. ~Saint Augustine
Humility is not cowardice. Meekness is not weakness. Humility and meekness are indeed spiritual powers. ~Swami Sivananda
Humility is nothing else but a right judgment of ourselves. ~William Law
Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot. ~Thomas Moore
I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps. ~Gandhi
We all mess up… but lets all fix it when we do and work to not mess up so much. I hope this was water for your spirit today. May we be full of humility enough to love each other through all of our weak spots.