taste of humble pie
By Heather Wong
November 20, 2020
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Humility doesn’t come easy for most people, especially in this day and age where we are told to speak up for what you believe in and not let people tell you otherwise. Social media doesn’t help either as it will fuel one way of thinking and oppose the other. One of today’s Scripture readings, in James 4, questions, “What is causing quarrels and fights among you?” James is speaking to believers and sets the record straight - quarrels and fights are actually the result of the selfish desires within each of us! We want what others have. We want others to hear us out. We want people to know they are wrong and we are right.
I have fallen into this temptation one too many times. My desire to be right, to want to be heard and understood, to even try and change someone’s way of thinking to align with mine can all get in the way of my relationships with others and also keep me distant from God. I often ignore the fact that God has given me His Holy Spirit to help me fight against my own selfish desires.
The passage in James continues to tell us to “humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you. Draw close to God and God will draw close to you.” Asking God to soften our hearts, put aside our own pride, to listen and not speak badly of others are exactly what we need to ask to grow a heart of humility.
Honestly, although this 2020 year has been a rough one, it has given us many chances to practice humility so that we do not “quarrel and fight” among other believers and those we love and care about. Our views on the pandemic, on practicing COVID-19 safety precautions, and about the election are all opportunities to choose humility over our own selfish desires. We can humbly respect other points of views and put into practice that inner strength that can only come from our Heavenly Father through the Holy Spirit.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
— James 4:10
Prayer to start with: Thank you Lord for giving us another day that you have made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Help us today to recognize our selfish desires and begin to grow a humble heart.