Thursday, April 30, 2015

Humble Pie---Have Some?!?!?

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Do you want to hear a funny story?

When I first received my Master's Degree you couldn't tell me anything!!! I would tell my friends that "I'm a respectable teacher" and therefore always had my hands in my pockets--To this day, no one knows why I paired respectable teacher with hands in my pockets...
#MyHeadIsADangerousPlace. Anyway, One night I went out with my close friends for a "girls night" and we ran into two guys. Fast forward the awkward start-up questions and all of a sudden they were sitting with us and the conversation turns to special education. You know I have a M. Ed in Special Education right?!?!?!?!?! Boy, this poor guy didn't realize that he was talking to a "know it all!" Let's not bring up the fact that I probably just received the degree and was a brand new teacher. Nonetheless, he started to discuss some information with the way school systems evaluate students. It took me no time to go IN on this poor guy who just really wanted to discuss things--probably for small-talk. Soooooooooo a few minutes into the conversation, I may have raised my voice a few octaves---AND I might have told him that I was "The Master of Education!?!?!?!" Yes, you read that right, The Master! Don't judge me! I was young, apparently arrogant, prideful, close-minded, and had no idea about Jesus...enough said! I had no desire to hear his point of view because I was right, my information was all that matter. So many things about this story are wrong but I really needed to show a little more humility.

Now that I look back on that conversation, I'm embarrassed. My best friend brought it up again the other day and each time I hear the story it makes me laugh and cringe at the same time. I'm so glad I'm no longer that girl! The funniest part of this story is that now that I think back on his opinion (I'm surprised I actually listened to it) he was right in a lot of ways!!! After gaining a few years of teaching, I realized that things weren't as I thought. He was a seasoned teacher and had more experience than me. I missed an opportunity to learn...This post could go several different ways (and you know me--it just might) but I'm going to rest on being humble.

First, let's just take a moment to praise Jesus that I no longer refer to myself as "master" of anything!;-) Also, if you are that guy that I yelled at, please forgive me! I am now born again and I've been baptized...I am better than yesterday! hehehehehehe

Glad we've cleared that up!! As I was reading the book of Philippians, chapter 2 verses 3-5 caught my attention:

(3) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, rather in humility value others above yourselves (4) not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others (5) In your relationship with one another, have the same mindset as Jesus Christ.

Could you imagine this world if we all had the same mindset as Jesus Christ? Let's just take a moment to think about that...

Ok, I digressed--The "funny" story that I shared with you is just one example of how easy it is for me to be full of myself (#FeelingMyself). Jesus never went around bragging about how He is the master healer (even though that is EXACTLY what He is). Nope, I'm not comparing myself to Him, but simply stating that if the living God showed humility, shouldn't I?

In God's presence I am humbled. I am insignificant when I think about everything God is! Everything that we have belongs to Him! Thank you, God that You allow us to borrow the material things that we so often cherish. Thank you, that You allow me to realize my talents and focus on teaching, so that Your will (not mine) can be done! Thank you for putting that "peace" in me, so that I know what not to do (even though sometimes I don't listen). Thank You for allowing me to wake up each morning and just breathe (not everyone wakes up). Thank you for giving me ideas when I'm at a lost. It's all God. I can tell you some stuff that is all "Amber"---and let's just say, it didn't work. It was either my ego or God, but it can't ever be both. I choose each day to surrender to God. I humble myself to His plan and not my own. Some days are better than others. The moment I catch myself having a "dust my shoulder off" kind of moment, I quickly remember Jesus and say...just playing, that's all You! What is a "dust my shoulder off kind of moment" you ask? Did you read the intro? In my mind I just pictured myself walking through the crowd with glasses on, cameras flashing, and me hitting my chest throwing up the deuces...what? I told ya'll stay out of my head. :-) Anytime we get that urge to take all the glory and forget the part that God plays, that is a "dust your shoulder off" moment.

Yes we went to school and yes we work hard everyday but remember who created us. Remember the author. It is He who deserves the glory!

I rather come before God humbled than have Him humble me. No thanks, that's a lesson I would like to avoid if possible. :-) And because of this, I often find myself being weird when someone gives me a compliment regarding work or something I know God orchestrated. I kind of want to shout--Praise Jesus, glory to God, Thank You, Lord! Can you picture me being dramatic with this?  However, that can sometimes be a little... awkward. I realize that it's okay to humbly say thank you to that person and then sing the praise to the Author in my time alone with Him. However, sometimes the moment is SO amazing that it is important to give God glory--in those moments we will know. The Holy Spirit will whisper "this is God's moment" and give us the right words to say. Why? because we are here to spread the good news and glorify God. Ok, stepping off the soapbox for the night.

Until next time...enjoy the pie;-)

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