My niece’s painting came to my mind this week as I contemplated all of the craziness (and destruction) that is happening in the Ukraine. It seems to me that at the centre of this mess is the hardness of ‘pride,’ and what is sorely lacking is the softness of ‘humility.’ No wonder Jesus continually encouraged us to seek the downward path of docility, to let our hubris float downstream along with its detritus…
I reflect on this need for humility as a ‘realistic self-evaluation’ in my recent book Walking the Line:
Jesus invites us to embrace his way of selfless love and to make it the foundation for our everyday living. None of us has it all together. None of us knows all the truth. This is the reality of the human condition. Jesus simply encourages us to accept our limitations, live in humility, and do so in a spirit of love. No games. No competition. No comparison. Just receive God’s love and pass it on. (Walking the Line)
Love this. And you're right; I believe if we all accepted our inherent state of being messy, lost, and a bit unmoored at the best of times, we would all hear God's voice much sooner, and quite a bit louder than we normally do. :) Excellent reminder!
Agreed-‘we need his grace to follow in his footsteps’! Beautiful artwork (soldier’s boots) is from my niece Joy Kim.