Okay, I admit it. I’m just so tired right now that I can’t think of a crafty title for today’s post. So your stuck with “Title of Blog Post” for now. Just deal with it.
Are we good? Good.
So … I don’t really have much to talk about today anyway. I guess I’ll just share a bit of Scripture I read today out of 1 Corinthians:
“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption. Therefore, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Though I’m not proud to admit it, I occasionally go through seasons in life when I’m feeling pretty darn good about myself. I’m not talking about self-esteem, here, but rather pride. There’s a difference.
It usually starts creeping in in when I’m having an unusually good day or week, and it will set in if I’m not on my guard. The best way to describe it is a false belief that you’ve finally got your life under your control. Do you see where this is going?
Sure enough, that unusually good day or week is going to come to an end. A slip of the tongue, a poor decision, one wrong step is all it takes to derail you and drag you back down into the mud. Like Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, God makes the foolish things in life to shame the wise. Later in the letter, Paul also wrote:
“Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in his age, let him become a fool that he may be wise.” ~1 Corinthians 3:18
Simply put, be humble. Know that you don’t know have as half as much as you think you know. Be open-minded. Listen to what others have to say, and be willing to admit that, sometimes, you just might be wrong.
As I said before, I go through seasons in life. Sometimes I’m successful in living this out – sometimes not. God won’t stop me from tripping and getting a face-full of mud, but He’s always standing there with an ever-steady hand outstretched. I’ve just got to surrender control of my life and accept his gift of grace.
I guess I did have something to say tonight. I hope I wrote something that encourages you or, at the very least, makes you think.
Before I wrap up today’s post, I did some quick character sketches that I wanted to share. If you’ve been following my blog since I started in January, you probably remember me promising the return of my college cartoon strip: Funchy, Punjee, & Bob. Yeah, well, that hasn’t happened – yet! Here are a few really rough sketches I did earlier this evening. The smiling head in the upper left, by the way, is none other than Funchy (who famously never appeared in my college series). My fellow Oregon Staters should know the other two characters:
God bless, and good night.