When you write a persuasive essay, you should save your strongest argument for last. However, when I started outlining this series on humility, I felt negligent starting with anyone but Christ.
In mid-December, God threw a hard blow at my pride. Unintentionally, I found myself reading an acquaintance’s opinion of me, and the evaluation was less than stellar. Immediately, my competitive spirit became defensive, arguing, “well she obviously doesn’t really know me…”. After I cried a little and tried to mentally justify my every interaction with this individual, and I realized the heart of the issue. In my pride, I had not taken the time to really know her.
So I did what any good writer would do. I sat down with my laptop and admitted my conceit to the entire blogosphere–with good intentions, of course! For the next few weeks, I hope to share Biblical examples of humility with practical tips for demoting ourselves and elevating God (John 3:30).
When I was little, I loved any song with the word joy, mostly because my middle name is Joye (pronounced joy), and I liked the idea that people were singing about me.
One of the most common Christmas carols with the word joy is “Joy to the World” by Isaac Watts. Surprisingly, Watts’s inspiration was not Luke 2, the account of Jesus’ birth, but Psalm 98, a psalm that praises Christ for His imminent return. That’s right: one of our favorite “Christmas” songs is actually about Christ’s second coming.
Our brains are truly incredible; as I wrote this post, my mind sang a song that I have not heard in 6 years.
The lyrics are pretty simple, but they are appropriate for this post.
I’m not ashamed of the one who saved my soul.
This fire inside of me is burning for your name;
I’m not ashamed!
Generally speaking, I still feel like a teenager. Sure, I’m in grad school, I have a full-time job, and I pay my own rent, but when someone asks me my age, I respond, “eightee–I mean, twenty-three.”
Whether you are young-in-age or young-at-heart, strive to obey God’s six specific instructions for youth.
Ten Verses for Those Who are Young
First, God desires for youth to be obedient.
On Saturdays, I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or change as time passes. Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!
It’s been a while since I shared my weekly joys, not because my life has lacked joy but because my life has lacked time.
October 6-12, 2018
Xenial is not exactly a common word. Yet, we expect each other to be xenial on a daily basis.
The Merriem-Webster dictionary says,
Xenial (adj.) of, relating to, or constituting hospitality or relations between host and guest
I first encountered the word xenial in elementary school when I read Lemony Snicket’s The Slippery Slope. He writes,
“Xenial’ is a word which refers to the giving of gifts to strangers. . . . I know that having a good vocabulary doesn’t guarantee that I’m a good person. . . . But it does mean I’ve read a great deal. And in my experience, well-read people are less likely to be evil.”
No matter which definition you prefer, I think you would agree that reading and applying God’s Word will make you more xenial. The following ten verses are a good place to start.