Take a Step Back
Hi friends! My name is Cara Lochmondy, and I’m a rising senior at John Adams. My participant LOG was #83, and I was able to serve as spirit leader at LOG #89. I was brought to LOG by my best friend, Caroline, and I happened to come in at a low point in my life, and while at my participant weekend, I was filled with immense joy and love.
This series is focusing on the Beatitudes. When I heard what Molly was going to have me write, my first thought was, “in the fourth grade, I memorized all of the Beatitudes in order.” As I read on in her message, the one I was going to focus on was, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 5:3. Of course my first thought about writing about humility was boastful. My second thought was, “How can I, as a not so humble person, talk about being humble?”
And honestly, I’m not the most humble of people. Then again, neither are most teenagers. We like talking about ourselves, from things like our accomplishments in school to our clothes to our immense knowledge in sports history (this is not me, but it is definitely still possible!). I don’t know if this is more of a human nature thing or a social construction thing, but either way, most people my age want to talk about themselves. It is hard to be humble. 1 Peter 3:3-4 reads, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” What Peter is saying is that we should take a step back and make sure, no matter who we are on the outside, in our hearts, we are good, kind people.
I do feel, though, that working hard for something and accomplishing our goal and being proud of ourselves is a good thing. God has plans for all of us, should we not be excited for reaching another milestone in His journey for us? Humility can be not speaking of ourselves ever, sure, but I think that humility can also be being proud of ourselves as long as we are thankful to those, including Him, who helped us along the way. While my interpretation of Matthew’s verse may not be exactly how he intended at the time it was written, I feel that in our era, it is okay to recognize you are doing a good job.
*Challenge question: How can you better humble yourself throughout your journey with God? What are other ways you could be “poor in spirit”? Feel free to comment below.
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