So today we complete the progression from Awe to Gratitude to Humility. As you walk this path, you will find it is the path to Christian maturity – a lifelong journey into God’s righteousness.
Last week, I wrote of gratitude. Gratitude is where humility begins. Think on that a minute. Let it sink in. [I’ll wait.]
There is no other way to true humility other than through gratitude. Absent gratitude, you are locked in the downward spiral of self-sufficiency. The path to growing in Christian maturity begins with the realization it’s a We thing.
One of the first steps on this journey for me was inspecting my pronouns. I found most of my references, and an overwhelming majority of my stories, were Me/My/I references. I was called to look deeply into those portrayals. In how many stories was I center stage? How many of the accomplishments were of my doing? Upon reflection, I realized I was only a player in the story; the accomplishments were team efforts. The stories were Our stories in which We achieved the victory. I began actively looking for the We behind every I.
To reiterate, this was the beginning of my journey, a journey on which I have a long way to go and much work to accomplish. Another step along the way was in choosing role models and mentors. I began to sift through those I might follow paying close attention to their pronouns (see We Leaders where I expand on this concept). It is worth remembering that whenever Jesus was given praise he always redirected it to God.
What is it God wants from me? What does he require of me? The prophet Micah answered it clearly: act justly, love kindness, and to walk humbly with God.
I turn once again to the three basic prayers illuminated in Anne Lamott’s fine book. Help, Thanks, Wow – The Three Essential Prayers1. They track to this progression to Christian maturity – Help (humility), Thanks (gratitude), Wow (awe).
My challenge is to work every day on acknowledging others as I seek to walk humbly with my God.
Humbled by the mighty works of the Creator God,