January 27, 2013

On humbleness.

     If you pick up any Christian fiction book, chances are there will be a moment in the story when one of the main characters hears or reads a bible verse that really speaks to them and encourages them in that moment. The character will always thank the Lord for showing them what they needed to hear in right then, and then usually try and apply whatever they learned to their life. Before a few days ago, I was pretty convinced that this only happened in books, or to people that were much deeper into their faith then I was.

     One of my dreams since when I was little was that I wanted to be famous. It's a very unspecific dream, and I was never really quite sure what I wanted to be famous for. For example I was 5 I decided that I wanted to be the next Britney Spears after watching one of her televised concerts. That dream died a few years later when I realized that singing high pitched pop songs wasn't my specialty, so I tried to find other things that I could be famous for. My ideas for fame have varried over the years, and my point isn't so much specifically about what I want to be famous for, but why I have had this obsession with fame. I think that a lot of it comes from the fact that most of my high school years weren't that great, and I have this empty place in my heart from that where I just want to prove myself to people, and show them that I am capable of doing great things. But this week God showed me that this dream isn't healthy.

     Every night since New Years' I've been reading a chapter of my bible right before bed. I'm starting with Matthew, the first book in the New Testament. This past Wednesday, the 23rd, my nightly reading was in the 23rd chapter. This one verse in particular stuck out to me:

     "For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." -Matthew 23:12 NIV

     And then suddenly, I was experiencing that God moment! I knew God was speaking to me through this very passage. He was reminding me that my goal of living my life shouldn't be about me getting the admiration of other people... it should be about bringing the glory to Him! He reminded me that even though there is nothign wrong with wanting to be accepted by my peers and by being well liked, "fame" shouldn't be a goal on my radar. After reading this verse I gave some thought to my chosen career path. I'm a communications major in college, hoping to someday be a DJ on a radio station. While this is still what I want to do, I started thinking about how I can use radio someday as a positive outlet to stand up for my Christian faith, instead of just promoting myself and secular views.

     Humbleness is such a powerful trait. Being humble doesn't mean that you have to be 100% submissive to those around your or let other people take credit for work that you did, but it does mean that your main goal in life is to strive for godliness and giving the credit of the things that you do to Him.  

     I'm sorry if this post was really jumbled. It took me 3 days just to be able to write out all my thoughts. They make perfect sense in my head, but were hard to type out. I'm always a little nervous in sharing my thoughts on disciplines on the faith (maybe that's why it's a little easier for me to stick to having a primarily fashion blog), but I pray that this post encouraged you.


     Have you read any bible verses that have stuck out to you lately?


     xoxo Miss ALK

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