When you hear about the Proverbs 31 women, what do you think and feel?
We hear a lot about the intimidating women of virtue. But what I find impressive is the lady who is not intimidated by her or jealous of her, but rather describes and brags about her to her son. King Lemuel's mother is an example of someone who has a accurate perspective of herself enabling her to see others for what they are.
Since the fall, the tendency of our heart is to one up people. To have to be better in all ways and if we aren't, then we default to the poor me, I'm the worst mentality. Humility is seeing ourselves as we truly we are, no more no less. Humility also enables us to the see the gifts of others without comparing ourselves and being jealous. It enables us to appreciate the strengths of others without feeling bad about ourselves.
But as with all things good, humility is a gift from the Lord, not something we conjure up by trying hard. And the Lord, giver of good things wants to give us things that please Him, things like humility. So why not take a minute to ask Him to develop that more deeply in you today?
When was the last time you honored/bragged about someone behind their back about character qualities you don't possess? (In an excited for them and amazed at God way, not a wow, aren't they awesome and I'm just scum type of way.) Perhaps that would be a good step of faith to take today by the strength of the Holy Spirit.
So what qualities can you brag on about other people? (Which really is bragging about God, since everything good comes from God.) Below is something I wrote ten years ago, perhaps it will help get you thinking. As you read through, who comes to your mind that evidences that quality? Why not head on over to facebook and tell them how beautiful that quality is on their wall?
This post part of the Series
Check out other posts in this series:
Potiphar's Wife; Life Unrestrained
Woman at the Well; Experiencing God's Grace
Rahab; Ms. Courageous meet Prince Charming
Damaris; Counted Among Them
Eunice and her faithful reward
Midwives; What they have in common with Chick-fil-a and Cake
Miriam; What's the big deal with dishonor?
Dinah; When life is bigger than you imagined
Lot's wife; Dealing with a heart that longs
Mother of Thunder; When you want for your kids
Having a Martha Faith in a Mary World
The Phoenician Widow and the Blinding Effects of Shame