Gratefully, neither one of the Wismers had much of a reaction to the vaccination. However, your “favorite pastor” did have a low grade fever less than a day and some chills. All in all we did well. Thankfully, we planned a lazy afternoon but it did include participating in a webinar by Tod Bolsinger on “Tempered Resilience: How Leaders Are Formed in the Crucible of Change.” We were able to stay awake and heard some interesting nuggets of wisdom and challenging perspectives. He said something that sounded to me like this. “People don’t care about institutions. They care about those within institutions who care for people.” (I bet that sounds better in French.) Then he said caring is the main expression of humility. (To the thinking chair I went with this comment.) I looked up the definition of humility, “the quality of being modest, reverential, even politely submissive, and never being arrogant, contemptuous, rude or even self-abasing.” In the Hebrew and Greek – humility means low or lowliness. It is way of acting toward God and others. I can correctly state humility (biblically speaking) is not merely an attitude – it is a character trait. Humility is only visible in what one does or how one lives their life. What surprised me was I deviated for a good bit of time pondering not much about what humility is as much as what humility eliminates or changes or transforms in my behavior. For me (or is it in me) humility alters my selfishness, transforms pride; it changes my sense of entitlement and arrogance. Here is what I wrote in my journal. Humility forces me to realize that I don’t have as much control as I want. It makes me listen better to others. It keeps me from being judgmental. It helps me with asking for forgiveness. Humility reminds me to be more grateful and thankful each day. It equips me to act for all the right reasons and humility brings the possibility of peace into my life. We invite you to sit and tarry with how living with humility impacts your everyday life.
Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:4
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
How does humility lead to caring for others?
What other results occur when you live with humility?
How are you caring for others?
Prayer: Holy God, when I’m tentative settle within me your presence and help me to trust you more deeply. Help me to live with humility and let me be bold in caring for others and you creation. Let me make a difference. Amen.