C.S. Lewis cites pride as the great sin in Mere Christianity and it’s definitely one I struggle with. (Mom, Dad, it’s your fault for giving me such healthy self-esteem.) So I often pray for humility and God is often good to answer that prayer.
Not long ago I had a chance to connect with someone who could possibly advance my writing career. I was driving home dreaming big dreams and feeling incredibly blessed. In the midst of my euphoria, I tossed out a prayer for humility. As I pulled into the driveway, eager to share my excitement with my husband, I stopped. Something prevented me from pulling into the garage. Ah-ha. Our neighborhood bears had tipped the trash can and scattered trash across the drive.
So I got a fresh bag and crouched down in my fabulous heels and favorite sweater to clean up the mess. As I gathered teabags, plastic containers and food refuse (how many carrots did I peel?!), it occurred to me that I was doing some pretty humble work. Big time author to-be? Or trash collector?
God is my biggest fan. I’m so glad he knows what’s best for me and gives me what I need just when I need it. In this case a little encouragement followed by a gentle reminder to stay humble.
Matthew 23:11-12 – The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.