He cannot begin to fill up my tank unless I am willing to empty myself first.
It has been a week of humility, and with a surreal sound to my voice . . .
I am thankful for it.
a prominent Christian grace (Rom. 12:3; 15:17, 18; 1 Cor. 3:5-7; 2 Cor. 3:5; Phil. 4:11-13). It is a state of mind well pleasing to God (1 Pet. 3:4); it preserves the soul in tranquillity (Ps. 69:32, 33), and makes us patient under trials (Job 1:22). Christ has set us an example of humility (Phil. 2:6-8). We should be led thereto by a remembrance of our sins (Lam. 3:39), and by the thought that it is the way to honour (Prov. 16:18), and that the greatest promises are made to the humble (Ps. 147:6; Isa. 57:15; 66:2; 1 Pet. 5:5). It is a "great paradox in Christianity that it makes humility the avenue to glory."
humiliation: (according to WordNet)
state of disgrace or loss of self-respect
strong feelings of embarrassment
an instance in which you are caused to lose your prestige or self-respect
depriving one of self-esteem
"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up."
James 4:10 (NIV)
"But You, O LORD, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head."
Psalm 3:3 (NKJV)
Now, for the way He chose to fill me up and lift my head:
1. Worship: Our worship leader had no way of knowing the song he began choir with last night is the very one God has not allowed to leave my brain or my heart all week. What a true blessing to hear those words again.
2. Reverence: I cannot express what time alone hushed in anticipation of His presence has done for my week.
3. Bible Study: The Word is alive, and I am glad it is active in my life.
4. Jesus: My best friend. He is revealing how He wants to truly be my all in all.
That's the top five this week. There are more, but I know you have a life to live too.
*** I keep forgetting this dear friend who has joined us too!