Jeff Messer, Chaplain

2013: A Year To Seek Humility

2012 was yet another election year when candidates talked about their humility out of one side of their mouth and how great they are on the other side. John Ruskin, the English social thinker and art critic of the nineteenth century, once said, “I believe the first test of a truly great person is their humility.”

I think that you can go on to say that a great person will never even consider their own humility. Perhaps that is what makes statesmen rather than politicians, and friends rather than come-and-go acquaintances.

Peter was one of those who had to learn, the hard way, to be an apostle rather than just an eager follower who talked a big talk. Jesus had just washed Peter’s feet, giving Peter a personal example of humility. Yet Peter was the first to take a stand, the first to speak out, and the first to take up the sword. But Peter did not learn the humility of Christ until he was reduced to tears when confronted by a young girl about being one of Jesus’ disciples. Mark records this:

Mark 14:72 And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crows twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.

Learning the life of humility is learning of our own weakness and crying out for God’s strength, learning of our own brokenness and crying out for God to fix us, and learning of our own nothingness and crying out for all that God is. If the world needs a New Year’s prayer it is for God to teach us humility!

As always, I am praying for you.

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