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Day 17

Sitting here today in an Operating Waiting Room while my grandma gets a new shoulder. I don’t have many thoughts today as my brain is distracted. But I have to say, I love watching my grandpa as he takes care of others in his slightly backward way. He is, in some ways, a very prideful man, but in many other ways he is so sweet and caring. He can be so self centered and not even have a clue how callous he is at times. But other times he is so others focused. Getting the nurse to help another lady who was locked out of the bathroom, or helping (more) elderly folk who can no longer do the work around their own homes.

I have seen some of his worst sides and some of his best sides. I pray that my worst sides are not quite as bad and that my best sides are just as good.

The crazy thing is that my grandpa is not a Christian. He doesn’t have any motivating factors to even have a good side, and yet, in many ways, he is better at this than me. Now if you look at his worse side you would not think that this would bring conviction. But I know that if it weren’t for Christ I know that I would reflect simply the worst. So how much more, since I do know Christ, should I be selfless and caring of others? I should look like my grandpa’s good side 24/7. I should have noticed that lady standing by the bathroom door and helped her first. I should be more willing to give of my free time to those who don’t have the same abilities or are simply just lonely.

So thats my lesson for the day, I should reflect Christ and His goodness even more so. I should be just as willing to serve. Seeing my grandpa’s good side reminds me that I have more of a motivation than he and should therefore be even better.

Now that is humbling.

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I have a question for today’s post, a simple question that I think might be linked to pride and humility.

How do I stop being opinionated?

I have a feeling pride is involved here but don’t exactly know how. I am tired of getting so worked up over minor things. How do I stop caring so much about dumb issues?

Any suggestions?

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I want to read this book:

Embracing Obscurity

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Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”* says the Lord.
Romans 12:9-19

As my pastor read the above verses this morning I realized something about myself. Well I already knew this but I thought about it in light of humility. I am a very public figure in my church due to my position on staff as well as my volunteerism. Meaning, I am at nearly every function for one reason or another. So due to that fact I am very visible. Which can often feed my ego when it shouldn’t. I also tend to be like a peacock when I am nervous or wanting to impress others. I get louder and more visible. It’s one of those qualities about myself that I dislike very much. I want to be someone who serves quietly. Serving God. Granted I have to be visible based on my position but that doesn’t mean I have to have an attitude of being visible. I want people to not notice me. I want to serve quietly in humility for Gods eyes only.

I will be working towards this. Praying for God to help me be more aware when I am visible for the wrong reasons or getting too puffed up over my positionings.

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