SHE was feeling herself
I have the wonderful privilege to work with kids ranging from the ages of 3-21 years old. While I like all age groups, there's something special about working in an elementary school. If you're an elementary level educator, you can relate to the Hollywood-celebrity-like feeling you get when you walk down the hallway to be greeted by current and former students!!
The feeling is electrifying as you wave and smile back at all the mouths grinning back at you with missing-teeth recently pawned off to the tooth fairy. You manage to get through the mini paparazzi to your door and quickly slide in as the remaining eager faces continue waving as they walk past your room.
For a couple of minutes you bask in this temporary recognition. Or maybe that's just me.
In my Christian walk, humility is the last thing on the drop down menu I select when I'm crying out to God to be more like Him. I'll ask for favor, mercy, grace, and forgiveness...but humility? And sacrifice my pride? I'm good.
"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."
But as I continue to remain rooted in the identify Christ gave me...its hard to over the look the ever-present nature of Christ's humility during His walk on earth.
Christ literally walked on water, healed the blinded, and conquered death all by His early 30s. Im not sure what your 5-year plan looks like, but I'll be glad to say I work out 2 times a week in 5 years.
With all of the well-deserved notoriety, Christ repeatedly walked in humility even when He was justified not to.
The Son of God in all His divinity remained humble as He was demanded to explain himself to the very people He would soon save.
As He was disrespected with a crown of thorns and made to die a criminal's death He still pleaded on our behalf to our Father in Heaven.
Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." -Luke 23:34
I have had to be humbled repeatedly by the realization that putting weight in the praise of others has no ultimate value. People's opinion of us will change. Instead, I am struggling with the growing pains of seeking to please an audience of One and to remember...
"He must become greater; I must become less.”
How often do you find yourself try to be in the spotlight?
What can you start to change in your life to bring glory unto God and less to yourself?