Nudge 16

The new year rolled around and I always wanted to pick a verse for the year so this year was going to be the year that I remembered to pick a verse before April! This is the year! I pray for my competitive crazy loud kids to be “gentle in spirit,” and to show love to each other. It seemed to me that the perfect verse for “them” would be Ephesians 4:2 which reads, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
But, God has a funny way of getting my attention. Yes, I can pray this verse for my children, but this is not THEIR verse for the year. It’s mine. I need to lead by example. YIKES! And although I briefly considered it, I am not going to pick another verse for the year. I am stuck with this one for 365 days!
Well, okay I figure I have a year, right? I’ll start with the first phrase…”Be completely humble.” gives this definition:
1 : not proud or haughty : not arrogant or assertive. 2 : reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission <a humble apology> 3a : ranking low in a hierarchy or scale : insignificant, unpretentious : not costly or luxurious
At first glance, this list looks attainable. I’m not super proud or arrogant. I’m not overly assertive although much more assertive than I used to be. Okay, I might be able to squeak by this first phrase of my verse for the year unscathed, or unchanged….but wait.
Paul is writing to the church in Ephesus. He is writing to the believers telling them how to treat each other. He doesn’t say, “Be humble,” because that might be sort of easy for some of us…he says, “Be COMPLETELY humble.” Well, that puts things at a whole new level.
Okay, this is not going to be so easy. I should start with always wanting to be right. I always want to be heard and understood (which I know is nearly impossible because I barely understand myself most days.) I need to let my family be heard and seek to understand; not put my 2 cents in all of the time. I think I put them first often but I have to practice this. I have to be more intentional in concerning myself with their needs before mine. Having a heart that is COMPLETELY humble would be putting others before myself all the time, not just occasionally.
One of the many amazing things about the Bible is that it speaks to each of us. When you read it, God moves in your heart. He stirs us and guides us. Someone else reads the same verse and it speaks to them in a different way. So, I have some work to do on this ‘completely humble’ thing before I move on to the rest of this verse.
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2
What is this verse saying to you?


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