Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Humble Pie

**CAUTION: You are about to get a small amount of insight into a daily struggle for me. If reading about other people's mental issues makes you squeamish, turn back now.

Last week I sat in my Tuesday morning women's Bible study at church and listened to a friend talk about weakness. She delivered a heartfelt discussion of how we need to be thanking God for our weaknesses, because through them we grow and learn how to rely on God's power. I returned home that day excited about the thoughts she shared and spent the remainder of the week thanking God for my own shortcomings and the lessons learned as a result.

Fast forward to yesterday afternoon. I was with a patient, and I told them something that was incorrect. Although the patient's family questioned me, it wasn't until I left the patient that I realized my mistake. Thankfully it wasn't one that could cause harm or any setbacks in therapy; it actually was an insignificant mistake. However, since the family questioned me about it, it is obvious to me that God is demanding me to apologize to them and admit my error. For my big-ol'-ugly pride, this will not be an easy accomplishment.

You see, Satan gets into my head and tells me that I'm better than other people because I have a Master's Degree. He tells me that I worked hard to get where I am and people should listen to me. And then God is so good, so merciful, so beautiful to remind me that I am nothing without Him. He gently whispers in my ear that my education was a simple gift, and nothing more; a tool from the Lord so that I can help His loved ones. He allows me a glimpse of what could be if I choose to misuse the love and grace He has freely given to me.

So for my generous helping of humble pie, I am thankful. Please, Lord, remind me that each person I meet is just as precious to you as the next. Give me your eyes to see those around me. Remind me that only through you am I strong.

"That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Cor 12:10


Ryan Corcoran said...

Excellent post, Kelly. The world would be much better off if we all had bigger and more frequent portions of humble pie.

MMMMMM... pie.....

Juli Jarvis said...

I needed to hear this today, because I have a person I have to deal with that is very annoying to me. I went to the mountains to pray about it, then came home and here was the rest of the message he wanted me to get about this matter! Thanks.

Andrea Kay said...

Wow Kelly. I think we all need daily lessons like this. I have absolutely no doubt that when we are weak we gain the most strength!

Phelps family said...

Good job on being open to the Lord's lesson. So many times we try to ignore the little lessons He tries to teach us. And thanks for being brave enough to post about it.