A few more thoughts on each piece::
Humble on the InsideTwo different people asked me if it was wrong for them to be 'proud' of an accomplishment. Let's distinguish between humility and low self esteem. There is nothing wrong with having a healthy sense of accomplishment or self-worth, so long as: 1) we understand that ultimately ALL good things come from God, and 2) my ultimate worth does not exceed anyone else's. I think about PCC. I am really glad that our church has been so successful in many ways. I'm glad that God used me to contribute to the way PCC has thrived, but I have to say that God did the work. I really believe that. Am I glad I was used? You bet. But God didn't need me. He could have used anyone He wanted. In fact, He used a LOT of people to make our church happen. And all of us would be wise to recognize that, in the last analysis, the good thing we call PCC came completely because of God's work, not ours.
I also offered a 'humility test'. I'm going to list the questions here. I suggest that you not only evaluate yourself, but that you ask someone else to evaluate you. Give them permission to tell you the truth with no repercussions. You want to know how you are perceived by others. Are you ready? Ok, here goes:
- Do you readily admit it when you are wrong?
- When was the last time you admitted you were wrong?
- How easy is it for you to say the words, “I’m really sorry for______ [something you did or said]”
- When was the last time you apologized for something you did or said?
- Do you normally think you are right, or do you feel open to constantly learning and refining and improving?
- Do you live your life as if I HAVE to do this unsustainable schedule or keep an insane pace of life or the earth will stop rotating?
Encouraging on the Outside
I referenced a book you might want to check out. How Full Is Your Bucket by Tom Rath. Click here for more info.
Thankful on Every Side
You might look at Scriptures like:
Phil 4:11-13. What does it mean to be content? On a scale from 1-10, how 'content' are you? What would it take for you to make a 1 or 2 point improvement?
Phil 4:6. Do you have a thankful posture towards your life? Do you nitpick the little things? Have you considered a mantra like "In the scheme of things" that will help you put things in perspective and be thankful for what you have?
Phil 4:4. What situations do you feel like you are unable to rejoice in? Do you feel like you have a joyful outlook most of the time? How would others respond if they were asked about your disposition?