“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:10)
Listening to the radio one night, I heard a mens quartet sing a song with this very title – Livin’ Humble. As our scripture tells us, that is what the Lord wants us to do, but just how do we go about it?
The more I thought on it, the more I realized that I didn’t really know what living humble meant until I was stricken with one physical problem after another. I was going about each day doing most anything I wanted to, and enjoying life to the fullest for the most part.
But, was I truly being humble in my daily life back then as Jesus would have wanted me to? I know now that I wasn’t. It grieves me, so how much more must it have grieved the Father?
What I am about to write doesn’t even begin to touch on all meaning of the scripture. But, I believe it plays a part.
I have found out the last twenty years or so just how humbling it is to have to depend on others for so many things that I used to do on my own. I so appreciate all the help others are willing to give, but it is so hard to ask for it. To have others cook and bring in food, clean our home; come to visit me instead of me taking a turn to visit them. And, this doesn’t even begin to name all that I need help with.
The latest and hardest thing I have had to do is take my husband away from his work, sometimes at very critical times, to take me to a doctor appointment, for tests, even just to get my haircut. All due to a freakish problem that happened suddenly to one of my eyes that left me seeing only images.
Livin’ humble? I imagine most of you would say with me that we who live with daily chronic illness have had to learn to “live humble” in one way or another over and over again. But, I also think you would agree with me when I say “These are the most precious times with my Lord I have ever had.”
I’m learning that I need to lean on Jesus and to “humble myself” before Him in every area of my life. Not that I don’t fall short of that goal at times. I pray more, I sing His praises more . . I see Him in every part of my life.
If this is even a small part of what it means to be “livin’ humble,” then I wouldn’t want to live any other way.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for showing me how much humility in a person’s life means to You. Dear Lord, You are our best example of One who was humble.
About the Author:
Alice Ervin lives in Dayton, Ohio with her husband, Dan. She is blessed to have her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren living close by. She enjoys singing, birding, writing poetry and devotionals, and loves to read, even though that is limited at the moment. Most of all she enjoys knowing and serving the Lord, Jesus.