Humble Pie

pieI heard a guy say a couple of years back that “Humble pie is the pastry that’s never tasty!” It was said in a humorous situation, but there is something to it. Humility is a powerful trait for me to acquire. I think it’s a wise decision to taste the humble pie on my own instead of waiting until it’s forced upon me by outside circumstances or things beyond my ability to control.

I have a sign in my office that says: “It’s hard to be humble when you’re from Kentucky!” (Of course, it’s because I’m a UK basketball fan.)

James speaks of how God loves the humble. Check this out…

But he gives greater grace. Therefore he says:

God resists the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.

Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (James 4:6-8,10 CSB)

If I think too highly of myself – I will be humbled.

If I think I deserve something – I will be humbled.

If I think I’m God’s gift to the earth – I will be humbled.

It is much wiser to approach every situation I face with humility and kindness toward others. I see this as a strength not a weakness. I know who I am and I know Whose I am. I believe by taking the bite of “humble pie” first, I can learn how to lead, influence and inspire others. I’m really turned off by arrogance, but humility really inspires and motivates me.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Humble Pie

Hands folded in prayer over open russian Holy Bible on black backgroundI have had my taste of “humble pie” over the years. You know that piece of pie that reminds you that “you’re not all that”. The taste of it is a bit shocking at first, but then it really is not so bad. After tasting humble pie, something happens to my perspective. I can really see life from a different angle. As a believer it’s important that humble pie become part of my regular diet.  Jesus speaks to this and calls out the religious pomp and pride. Check this out….

9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.(Luke 18:9-14 NIV)

From what I can tell, Humble Pie has no calories. It is actually quite nutritious.  If I choose to make it part of my regular diet, then I can have some control over when I take it in. If I choose not to eat it, someone might very well slip it in my regular diet when I least expect it.

I think the part of this simple story that stirs my heart the most is when Jesus speaks about humbling myself. If I learn to eat humble pie as part of my regular diet, my arrogance and ego will remain in check. I will realize that without the Lord – I’m nothing. With Him I have incredible strength and value.  I must be careful that my humility does not become an arrogant badge of honor in itself. Servant leadership defines greatness in God’s world.

Pressing On!
Dwayne