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Laying It All Down Is Far Better Than Piling It All Up

There are several things that we need to know in order to succeed in life.

We hear many things but somehow, we struggle to honor them. Most of us have a substantive knowledge base … but we are slow to commit to doing what we know.

It is only when knowledge and commitment come together that we can engage obedience.

We need to constantly verify the level of our knowledge and the veracity of our commitment. In doing this, we assure that we will make measurable progress in every arena of our lives.

Actually, I have made this my focus all week … and here are some of the things that I know for sure …

▪ laying it all down is far better than piling it all up
▪ the strength of man always fails and truth always prevails
▪ living true to oneself is always the right thing to do
▪ the priority of hope should never be lesser
▪ letting go is one great struggle
▪ the cost of nurturing healthy culture is never too extravagant
▪ loving unconditionally will test the best of us

These are among the things that I want to embrace in my heart and engage in my life. I know these things are powerfully true …. so now I need to put them into play.

Laying It All Down Is Far Better Than Piling It All Up

Humility … is perhaps the most desired quality for us to nurture and yet it is the one we dread the most. We know that the beginning of true humility is laying it all down.

Remember Paul’s words to us in Philippians 2:3-5 …

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:3-5, NIV)

Powerfully spoken … and I would encourage you read the entire chapter because it will inspire you to walk and live at a whole new level.

Laying It All Down Is Far Better Than Piling It All Up

In his message, “Humility: It’s Kind of a Big Deal – From the Ashes (Part 2), Pastor Richard Rogers (Faith Chapel, Pleasanton, CA) shared three attributes that all of us should take on and model for others.

1) Don’t take advantage of your position – to say it another way: don’t lord yourself over others. Most of us are leaders in some area of our lives, or we were—or will be—at some point in our lives. We all have opportunities to take advantage of others, but Paul is reminding us here that Jesus had all the power and opportunity in the universe to use His position to His advantage, and Jesus chose to lay it all aside.

2) Serve others – when Christ laid aside His royal position, He chose instead to become a servant. Throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry, Jesus gave himself to the needs of others.

3) Give your life away – Jesus’ humility led Him ultimately to the cross. We are all familiar with Jesus’ story, but what about your story?

Are you holding on too tightly to all the things you want; your kingdom, your things, your dreams and aspirations? What do you need to let go of? Where, or who can you give your life to this coming week? A neighbor; a coworker; a family member; someone who is in need? How about volunteering in the community, school, at a pregnancy center or the church.

HUMILITY ISN’T AS MUCH A DESTINATION TO BE REACHED AS IT IS AN ATTITUDE TO BE EMBRACED

Such a profound message that truly speaks to the heart of what I am seeking after … and it serves as an affirmation to the pursuit of true humility.

Laying It All Down Is Far Better Than Piling It All Up

Easily spoken but not so easily set in place … and yet with the Father guiding us on this journey we can, step by step, find our way to a new way of living and to a new level of serving!

I know I am in … and you?

-Terry-

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