- it gives us time to clear our head and plot a course of action that will work. Rather than simply having a knee-jerk reaction, we can be purposeful, and
- it gives us time to renew our strength so that when we must act, we will have the power to do so.
- hating them back, thereby stirring the pot and making things worse, or by
- committing yourself to God who knows the facts and who judges righteously.
Who likes to be humble? Being humble goes against the grain. From childhood many of us developed a desire to be noticed. "Hey, look at me!" We loved it when our parents stopped everything to notice and applaud any little thing we did.
Trouble is, some of us never grew up.
When Jesus came into the world to save the likes of you and me, He humbled Himself. And we, His followers, are told to have the mind of Christ, to let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit but in lowliness of mind let each of us esteem others better than himself.
Being humble is a sign of maturity and confidence in the goodness of God, waiting on Him to lift us up in due season.
If you can do all these things--all of which involve waiting on God--you will have accomplished the third of many challenges this earthly father has put to his son. Keep it up and you are on your way to being a man, or woman, the Father can be proud of.
Tomorrow we'll look at dreams and thoughts . . . .