Humility doesn’t mean hiding your gift

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Glenna Marshall, clarifying humility:

Humility doesn’t mean hiding. Humility means acknowledging that everything you have is from God. Why would you want to hide what He’s given you?

Read the whole post here: The mountains cry out.

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God in the midst of the forgotten, the broken

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A good thing to remember in this, the season of Immanuel, God with us…

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian/martyr:

God is not ashamed to be with those of humble state. He goes into the midst of it all, chooses one person to be his instrument, and does his miracle there, where one least expects it. He loves the lost, the forgotten, the insignificant, the outcasts, the weak, and the broken. Where men say, ‘lost,’ he says, ‘found;’ where men say, ‘condemned,’ he says ‘redeemed;’ where men say ‘no,’ he says ‘yes.’ Where men look with indifference or superiority, he looks with burning love, such as nowhere else is to be found. Where men say, ‘contemptible!’, God cries, ‘blessed.'”

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Andrew Murray on humility

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Andrew Murray in Humility: The Journey Toward Holiness:
Here is the path to the higher life: down, lower down! Just as water always seeks and fills the lowest place, so the moment God finds men abased and empty, His glory and power flow in to exalt and to bless.”*
The lower, the emptier a man lies before God, the speedier and the fuller will be the inflow of the divine glory.”*
Humility is the displacement of self by the enthronement of God.”
[To be] humble… is to be fully occupied with God….”
*There’s a song by Caedmon’s Call about this: Valleys Fill First.

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Start small

Lysa TerKeurst:

Look for the small open doors right in front of you…. If God is calling you to do something, He’ll have a door open in front of you. But it might be a small door. Look for the small door and walk through it.

Actually, dance through it with great joy because He will always do great things with people willing to be faithful in the small.

Advice to a young Ben Franklin

Young Benjamin Franklin

In 1723, Cotton Mather, Boston’s most influential minister, was entertaining the young Franklin in his study. Mather admired Franklin’s voracious appetite for knowledge. One night, as Benjamin was taking his leave, Mather accompanied the youth through a narrow corridor of his house. In the midst of conversation with the minister, Benjamin suddenly heard Cotton Mather yell “Stoop! Stoop!”

However, it was too late: Benjamin slammed his head against a beam straddling the cramped hallway. The pious Mather never refused an opportunity to expound some good advice. He told the young Franklin: “Let this be a caution to you not always to hold your head so high. Stoop, young man, stoop as you go through the world, and you’ll miss many hard thumps.”