I long believed that if you’re kind enough, people see your heart. But that’s not always true. Experience has shown me that truly compassionate people regularly risk their gifts pining and pushing for acceptance. I assume many practicing Christians attach some sentimentality Paul’s encouragement that to be spiritual is to “have the same mind.” (Phil. 2)
But people, who abuse a well-intentioned kindness, do not have this mind. Often, the last determination they have is comfort or even unity. These ones are merciless and it’s some note of obscure pleasure that they undercut you. And many of them don’t love themselves enough.
So, they MARVEL at how God watches out for you. You might have reprimanded yourself: But Mom said: “turn the other cheek”. To which they reply: So what!!!
If you’re seeking God’s forgiveness because you understand your need for HIM, Big DEAL! These people don’t care. So, you must decide to be SELFISH. Not because you’re anti-sharing or even the least bit prideful. No. You ignore them in a way that says: Even if you NEVER notice how I live my God-given life, I promise to shine as bright as possible. I will grow; I will be a person of victory. And God will keep me.
And God will send Jesus to comfort you. Jesus will secure the strength when chaotic people flood your space with absurd theories, bold lies, insane jealousy, and internal turmoil.
A person truly seeking God learns to spend adequate time developing his or her gifts. Humble life isn’t closing the door to criticism. Humble life is using your yield sign with an awareness that understands that the best criticism deserves some portion of dialogue. When we receive criticism from the great place, we can examine it with confidence instead of shame. The confident critique is the kind that welcomes challenge. Disagreement with criticism can be a learning opportunity. The professor welcomes a disagreement and even a tiny bit of chaos if it promotes the learning objective.
The danger is when chaos is uncontrolled and eats away at a well-established foundation.
STRIFE. BITTER, flaming rage.
This is what Jesus conquered when he conquered the world. Even in death, he was mild, temperate, and armed with love’s discipline. To be humble is to be anchored with discipline and values. We must remain conscious of the nefarious image “humility “casts on pretend people.
The nuanced America is one over-inflated with false humility. We preach compassion and weathering adversity and criticism, but it’s obvious that our current political leanings illustrate that we rage harder than ever if someone tells us about the slightest flaw in our worldview.
Steve Edwards sings on Cassius’s “The Sound of Violence” about the futility of human consciousness in the state of exhausting unrest. Under the seductive idea of “being inside you when the sun goes down,” the track lures listeners down a literal and figurative rabbit hole from primal then to metaphysical territory. Edwards uses several symbols like: “broken skin” “melancholy temper” “getting by”, to exude the world’s seductive and dangerous qualities. And yet, the music video uses nature, light, and color in very delicate ways to capture a symphonic quality. With the same broken skin, Jesus conquered the world. And it’s possible he was just as melancholic on his way to the cross.
Humans need HIM, more than HE needs humans. There is no special sauce. I rely on Jesus, and it’s the Jesus in others that empowers me to keep dreaming big! It takes a group of prayerful women and men willing to believe you’ll be more than what you are, if you stay faithful. It takes a lot of hard-working people rallied around you, who may NEVER get the thanks they truly earn. It’s all good though. I got JOY. God isn’t through moving on me and through me yet. I just needed to remind you that humble people know when to back away.
There is a moment of selective filtering that humble people do. They don’t always need to take a position on every issue. Like writer Gill Scott Heron said, “The revolution is never televised”. It’s always closer than think, right around the corner, and two feet down the street. Don’t allow the myth to cover the fact.