Sunday, July 3, 2016

How Humility and the Offering of Self to Others Glorify God: 'The Imitation of Christ'

7. During this present life, then, behave humbly towards all  [people], and do not mind who says this or who orders that, but take great care that whenever anyone asks you for something or makes some suggestion, whether he be your superior, your equal, or one below you, take it all in good part and with unfeigned willingness try to do what they say. Let other [people] have their ambitions in one direction or another, one [person] priding [themselves] on their ability in one field, another in something different, and getting praised for it any number of times; you must take pleasure in none of these things, but only in being slighted and in my good pleasure and honour alone. This is what you must desire: that in you, whether by your life or by your death, God may always be glorified.~ Thomas รก Kempis, The Imitation of Christ (Knox translation), From Book 3, Section 49

Am I allowing, through personal humility and self-giving, God to be glorified in my life? It is a hope I hold in my day-to-day living. But looking back, I see that humility and self-giving are two attributes (among many) that need attention, pruning, and prayer.