The Joy of Humility

“Humility.” The word was seared on my brain.

Two weeks ago at the Florida Christian Writers Conference, the attendees were dazzled by beautiful Lake Yale. Every morning the lake greeted us with its serenity and offered the perfect retreat for writers. Anne of Green Gables would have called it “the lake of shining waters.”

The sun shining on the lake, however, was blinding. One morning I was hypnotized by the glistening ripples, and I studied them too long. The image of the sun on the water was seared across my vision, and I said a fervent prayer that I wouldn’t lose my sight.

I concentrated on the image with my eyes shut, and I saw a word forming. I blinked once for the word to become sharper, and shut my eyes again. The image most resembled the word “humility,” and it was appropriate.

When God provides wonderful opportunities, brings more people to help us in ministry, and spurs readers to buy our books, the joy of success needs to stay balanced with the good sense of humility. If we’re not careful, success can turn into “Hey, look at me!” instead of “Wow! Look at God.” Success can shine like beautiful waters, but it can also blind us to Whom it came from.

Whatever great things may happen down the road, we can always delight in the reality that God has written. Our part is to faithfully follow Him and work hard, and He helps us even with that.

So when good things happen as a result of hard work and when new opportunities pop up, let’s remember Who is guiding us on the journey, and flourish in the joy of working with Him.

He is your praise, and He is your God,
who has done for you these great and awesome things
which your eyes have seen.

Deuteronomy 10:21 NKJV

 

 

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Comments (9)

  • anon

    What a beautiful reminder of an important truth! 

    Mar 07, 2017
  • anon

    Thank you, Jeannie. It was a beautiful but stunning illustration.
     

    Mar 07, 2017
  • anon

    What a great reminder that we need to remain humble, even as the Lord positions us to spread His Word! Thanks, Katy.
     

    Mar 07, 2017
  • anon

    Thank you for your comment, Ashley. If anything good happens, it had to come from God first! May God bless your writing!
     

    Mar 07, 2017
  • anon

    A great reminder, Katy! So glad you had the opportunity to go to the Florida conference. Sounds like it was a great week for you!

    Mar 07, 2017
  • anon

    Katy,
    The Lord keeps bringing this word, humility to my attention. I'm memorizing this passage of scripture:
    "Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.  Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had." Philippians 2:3-5
     

    Mar 07, 2017
  • anon

    Katy, Thank you for the reminder. About 15 years ago, one of the soloists from our praise band cornered me, "Cherrilynn, what do I say when people tell me I have a great voice? I know God gave it to me, I want to be humble. Should I feel happy? Isn't that pride?"  As a speaker, I received compliments, so I thought it was a great question, one I struggled with.  I told her she could say, "Thank you and I thank God for empowering me.The joy we feel is not pride, it's the result of being used by God. We still must examine our heart to make sure we are not taking the glory. "
    I still struggle with pride and humility.  We can boast if we boast in the Lord.  Thanks again, Katy.
     

    Mar 07, 2017
  • anon

    Beautiful post, Katy. We all need to be reminded to be humble. Its certainly not a trait of human nature. Beautiful picture also! Thanks.
     

    Mar 07, 2017

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A Blog by Katy Kauffman

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Katy loves to write about how God works in our lives on a daily basis. Each day with Him is an adventure. She hopes to capture some of those adventure moments here, and wants to see what God is teaching you as well.

 

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