Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility.
There are a few women and men I know whom I love to be with. I love listening to them, talking with them and just being with them. They are beautiful. They are deserving of honor. They are all different ages and from different backgrounds, but there are some similarities. Here are 5 that struck me.
1. They Commune with God – You can tell “They have been with Jesus.” They have an awareness of His constant presence and have an ongoing dialogue with Him. They talk, but more than that they listen and seek His face and His will through His word. They learn to know His voice and they follow Him.
2. Attitude – They focus on good. They “Think on things that are true…honest…just…pure…lovely, and of good report.” (Phil. 4:8 ) Things that are virtuous and praiseworthy. They keep their eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of their faith, and it shows through in their attitude. Non-ideal circumstances don’t define their lives and overcome their thinking. They continually re-focus. They are joyful, not necessarily because their lives are peachy-keen, but because they are not their own supply. They depend on an unlimited source and supply which never runs dry.
3. Suffering – Each of them has at some point (or points) in their lives “Shared in Christ’s sufferings.” They have walked in tremendous pain for whatever reason, and have found the grace of God to be sufficient. They have found God Himself to be enough. When all else that they counted on had been stripped away, they realized that in their poverty (spiritual, emotional, physical) that with Christ, they are rich.
4. Humility – Often, as a direct result of their suffering, they are humble. They don’t “think of themselves more highly than they ought to think…” (Rom. 12:3). They recognize that they are a part of a body, and “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;” (Philippians 2:3).
5. Deep Devotion – They are fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Fully aware that it’s not “All about them,” they’re not content to simply have “fire insurance” but are sold out completely to Him. They have made a choice somewhere in their life to make their by-line “Lord, not my will, but yours.” They are not perfect, but everything in their lives is willfully placed under the authority of their Father in heaven, whom they have learned they can trust completely.