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Saturday, July 30, 2016
SHOES are for WEARING .... not for showing
An Example of Christian Training in Humbleness and Humility
an adorable little girl, about 5 or 6, was always glad to see
visitors come, especially us. Soon after we arrived and news items
exchanged, Katie eagerly ran to her Mother to whisper something in her
ear. Mother leaned down to hear her little daughter’s request.
visitors were a bit surprised to see Mother’s face becoming solemn,
as she shook her head. Quietly, Mother said to her, “No, Katie. Shoes are for WEARING, not for showing.” If I hadn’t been sitting right next to the Mother, I would have never heard the exchange.
Katie was sorely disappointed. New shoes , not hand-me-downs, were
a rare occurrence in her family for everyone. It was a momentous
occasion for her to have brand NEW shoes, never worn before by
Katie’s delightful anticipation left her face. Tears came, but she
gracefully hid them in Mother’s side as she squirmed into the big
chair to sit beside Mother. She sat quietly beside her Mother until the
tears left and quietness returned.
then suggested Katie prepare the table for a treat to serve the
guests. And Katie eagerly hopped up, ready to be her sweet, wholesome
self again, and interact with the visitors.
adults went on talking, sharing the news of the day, as though nothing
had happened. This event happened 20 years ago and we have never
forgotten the lesson in humbleness applied right before our eyes.
Katie also has not forgotten it, although her Mother likely has.
What were those lessons learned, applied in this Christian home ?
obvious one, of course, is humility. We do not parade our “new”
items to others because that COULD be coming from a sense of pride for
having something new.
Also, it might make others feel bad if they have
nothing new. Lesson one learned.
We do unto others
as we would have them do
We learn to think COMPASSIONATELY towards others.
they NEVER had new shoes and always had to wear cast-offs ? What if
they NEVER even had cast-offs ?
What if they did not have parents who
cared about them enough to provide any shoes at all ? Many children
have had that experience to endure, in addition to family poverty.
Lesson two learned.
next lesson is that DISAPPOINTMENT and sometime TEARS go along with
humility and learning to be humble. We do not learn humility WHEN WE
OBTAIN what we want.
We learn humility through disappointments. We
learn that the world does NOT revolve around us or our wishes. Proud
Self does not rule nor reign in life.
Lesson three learned.
Next, we learn a GREAT GOOD
lesson as we endure the correction of Self through humiliation. We
learn to SUBMIT to authority, the authority The LORD has placed over
lesson stands us in GOOD stead as we grow in CHRIST. We learn to
submit our Self unto JESUS our LORD. We learn to submit our fleshly
man unto The HOLY SPIRIT.
We learn to embrace The Living Word of GOD and apply it to our lives whether we agree with it or not. The Word of GOD always limits our flesh.
And in so doing, it brings us a continual RE-NEWING of that New Life granted to us in the waters of Holy Baptism.
lesson little Katie showed us — for she had learned it well — was to
run TO the one who corrected her ( her wise Mother or Father). Katie
did not run AWAY from her Correctress or Corrector.
she gathered up her tears and immediately took her disappointment and
hurt to the one who corrected her, knowing full well that Mother
would receive her and comfort her sweetly even though Mother
“brought” the correction to her character. It was a SWEET moment
in their lives.
The next IMPORTANT lesson, #6 , that Katie had learned and showed us by her behavior was this: No harsh means of discipline were needed … if the correction was immediately embraced and received as “good. ”
knew from experience that Mother was going to stand like a ROCK in
her decision and no amount of whining, crying, or temper tantrums would
ever change that decision because Mother thought it was the BEST thing
for Katie’s character. It was to help her little child grow uprightly
before The LORD.
also was well aware that those very UNCOMFORTABLE means of correction
would be applied to her bottom-most parts if she persisted in
clamoring for her own way.
Katie could perceive that her correction was in keeping with the values
of being a Christian. It was right in line with the other values in
their CHRIST-centered home.
It did NOT matter if she understood
totally or even agreed with her Mother’s Christian value. She needed
only to obey at that moment, and all would be well. Understanding would
develop as she matured.
number 7 was obvious. The child responded with GREAT LOVE towards her
Mother. The Mother responded with GREAT TENDERNESS towards her
see, it was a Gift of Love to administer Righteous Correction. So
Katie felt the correction as LOVE … after her tears dried.
Katie herself RESPONDED in love towards her Mother, not fleeing from
her, not hardening her heart towards her, not accusing her wildly of
“never giving me what I WANT !”
LOVE was established in that home at that moment in time. It was
added to the other “moments of love” in that home, established over
time, as those wise, Christian parents based their loving correction
upon The Word of GOD and His+ Righteousness.
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Let us Pray:
O LORD, Our Blessed Heavenly FATHER, forgive me for being incorrigible and acting bad when YOU block my will.
am sorry that I am not as well-behaved, O FATHER, as this little girl
was, when I am refused what my heart delights in.
repent for sneaking around and enforcing my will. I repent for being
bitter and resentful towards others and towards YOU when I am
Help me to humble myself to YOU. Help me not to kick against the goads when YOU send limitations and corrections to me.
may not understand them either, but I TRUST YOU in your actions with
me. Because YOU are GOOD, I trust that YOU are sending these hindrances
of my will for my own GOOD, so I am not destroyed in some way.
Gracious Heavenly FATHER, these corrections may not be what I want, but I receive them from YOUR Hand of Love.
I give over my life , anew, to YOU and submit to YOUR love and keeping.
Help me to show more Love back to YOU by my sincere obedience to YOU, to YOUR SON+ JESUS, and to YOUR Holy Word.
I humbly pray — knowing full well — that humility is far from being
perfected yet, in my life. In the Name of my LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS