Sunday, April 29, 2012

Humility





Humility occupies many definitions in my mind.  I think of it as recognizing my own deficiency and trusting in God's sufficiency.  I think of the meaning through rejoicing when someone else is being rewarded.  It can mean yielding to someone else's interests besides my own.  I have also heard humility defined as sacrificing my own rights in place of someone else's.  It is described as putting myself aside for the sake of another person.  Humility is forgetting myself long enough to reach out a helping hand to someone in need.  Lastly, my favorite definition of humility is lowering myself to the status of someone else while not forgetting who or whose child I am.  One of my favorite quotes says, "Humility isn't thinking less of yourself but thinking about yourself less" (anonymous).  God gave me the desire and the ability to be humble, yet I must recognize the powerful message that is stored beneath the layers of humility before I can absorb it into my personality.  All of these definitions above represent a piece in being humble, and I should have a full understanding of them before I can truly understand what it means to put myself last in everything I do.

When I think of humility, I think of compromise.  A compromise is an intermediate agreement by which differences are settled.  One of the greatest challenges I face in humility is going beyond the compromise.  I tend to settle arguments with a mutual conclusion with myself in the front of my mind.  When I want something, I put myself first before anything else, and I want that to change.  Starting today, I am going to try to think about everyone, everything else before I even consider what I want.

Humility is a key piece of hope for unity within families, friends, acquaintances, and even strangers.  Fellowship in the Spirit requires the ability to be humble and learn about Jesus together with everyone who is growing alongside.  When I am humble and let other people jump ahead of me, I end up finishing farther behind than I normally would have.  In a way, it is a feeling of comfort, knowing that I made a difference in someone else's life, even if it was only for a brief moment during humility.  Jesus tells us to work as one, through Him, with one mind and purpose.  If I avoid the craving to try and impress others, I can therefore have the mindset to think of others better than I think of myself.

Humility allows God's power to work through me and develop mature qualities within my heart that convey God's message to other people.  I have thought of the question words recently, such as who, where, what, and why.  I try to fill in the blanks before I make a decision so that I know I am doing what is best by analyzing all of my choices.  When I fill in the blanks for humility, I conclude this:
  1. Who:  God
  2. Where:  In me
  3. What:  Working
  4. Why:  To spread His message of salvation

So...that's my understanding of humility so far in this life.  I am sure that my definitions will grow in depth as I mature and grow older.  As for now, these are my thoughts, and I hope they encourage you to define your own meaning of humility and how you practice it!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Mom's Garden


Every year, spring time greets the Dowdle family when beautiful flowers begin to sprout from the ground.  All across the backyard are petals that pop out against all of the greenery.  Mom never forgets to plant her garden.  The plants give a warm welcome to all of the new beginnings that come with spring.  My favorite part of the season is the gorgeous flower blooms that I see every year.  I love taking pictures of Mom's beautiful garden...a memory I won't ever forget (:









Monday, April 16, 2012

Sunset

These are some pictures from the beach that I never posted.  Enjoy!





Monday, April 9, 2012

Surrender









It's hard to surrender to what I can't see, but I'm giving into something heavenly.  
Time to begin again...re-evaluate who I really am.
Am I doing everything to follow Your will?
Or am I just climbing aimlessly over these hills?
I give everything...I surrender to...
Whatever Your doing inside of me, it feels like chaos, but somehow there's peace.
It's hard to surrender to what I can't see, but I'm giving into something heavenly.
-Sanctus Real-
--Something Heavenly--

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Keep Making Me








Lord, I trust you.  I trust that my brokenness has a story behind it.  I trust that my emptiness is leading me to you.  Until you are the only one that I seek, continue to bring me failure and disappointment so that I can grow in you.  I pray that you will make me lonely, so that I will know what it feels like to be alone.  I want to learn how to comfort those who have no one.  Make me empty, so I know what it’s like to need a missing piece.  I pray that you will show me how to tell others that you complete them.  Teach me, O Lord, how to do these things through You.  Keep making me into the person that I am called to be.  Until you are my one true love, give me this sadness to strengthen my faith and create me as an example of Your love.