4 Humbling Life Lessons
5Now it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. 6It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? 7You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor. —Hebrews 2:5-7
Hebrews 2:7 summarizes Jesus’ humble life as “a little while.” What kind of humility is God teaching you during your “little while?” What is He showing you right now about how great He is and how small you are? Maybe you relate to the following humility lessons:
- I’m not in control. You can’t dictate very much about life. Most of it gets served up to you. You may think, I’ve drawn a plan. I’m the architect of my future. No, you’re not…and life will show you. Learn to embrace that as reality.
- I’m not the boss. You have to work with other people, and your way cannot be the only way. When my kids were younger there were times I would say to them, Hey, get a thimble. I want to fill it full of what you’re in charge of. Now they’re adults and in charge of their own families. But they are also learning what we’ve all had to learn—as you step out in the world, you find you’re not in charge of very much at all.
- I’m not important. People spend their whole lives trying to impress others! Why waste your life pursuing importance? Why not embrace the message God is trying to get through: You are not important, only He is.
- I’m not forever. If there’s one thing that turning pages on the calendar brings to mind, it’s that you are not forever. Kathy and I have been talking about this a lot lately. Our 40s felt a lot different than our 30s. I just flipped past another birthday on the calendar, and wow! Where did that year go? Life is not forever. So get hold of what it’s really all about. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27).
Ask God to open your heart and your eyes to the lessons in humility He has for you. You’ve only got a little while.
- Which of these humility lessons do I still need to learn?
Father, I realize You display Your love to me, not by making things easy, but often by making things hard. You made them hard for Your Son, and You make them hard for me because You want me to really learn. I know I don’t always enjoy Your lessons, but I do enjoy making real progress and seeing what You can do with and through my life. Please continue to do that work in me, Father, as You will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.