Humility: A Legacy of Greatness

HumilityWe have come to the end of our Humility: True Greatness book discussion, and hopefully the beginning of a new way of living and approaching God, life, and our relationships. As a conclusion, Chapter 12 invites us to consider the legacy of our life’s journey. In the same way alcoholics or abusers leave negative scars that can last a lifetime, humble people leave positive influences and a lasting legacy for those they encounter. When we consistently humble ourselves before the Lord, we are also choosing to live as agents of grace in the lives of others. God can and does change the hearts of people who continuously humble themselves before him. He can make a person great. He can give you and me legacies where our lives and work best honor Him who created us.

This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.

Isaiah 66:2b [NIV]

Do you want to live humbly before the Lord? Do you desire a life of true greatness? Do you want to leave a legacy that honors God?

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up (James 4:10).

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Humility: Watch Your Mouth

We are continuing our discussion of Humility: True Greatness and discussing the power of our words. The Bible makes an interesting connection between the words that come out of her mouths and the condition of our hearts:

The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks (Luke 6:45 [NIV]).

In short, a good heart produces good words. A bad heart produces bad words. The evidence of a changed heart is, at least partially, observed by the change in our speech. I know some people will glance over this introduction and think to themselves, “This is basic. I know that already. I don’t need to read this.” Yet, I find that we constantly need discipline in the small areas of our lives. It’s the small things done poorly over long periods of time that causes major explosions.

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Natasha’s Study: What I’m Reading

With a little over a month off from school, I have read a few books from my “wish I could read” list. Here are some that may be of interest:

Just finished 58: Fast Living: How the Church Will End Extreme Poverty by Scott C. Todd. With the foundation of Isaiah 58, Dr. Todd invites Christians to enter a lifestyle of true fasting. In addition to scripture, Dr. Todd shares his personal experiences from world travels and ministry with Compassion International to put faces and names to the statistics of the impoverished and oppressed. He challenges the Church to “end extreme global poverty within the next twenty-five years.”

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