Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.
Now that we have defined humility and examined the most perfect example of humility in Scripture, I think we should look at some other humble children of God, starting with Moses who “was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3).
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).
Leave it to the grad student who is studying English to research the etymology of noel…
Noel is a French word which means Christmas (go figure), but it is derived from the Latin word nātālis, meaning birthday. As I thought about nātālis, I geekily marveled at the phonestheme: natalis, natal, nativity, native, nation, natural…
But I digress; I am not giving an English lesson today. Instead, I want to talk about the first noel, the holy nativity.
Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion knew exactly what they needed: a trip home, a brain, a heart, and courage, respectively. They were also very certain of how they would receive the necessary gifts; after following the Yellow Brick Road, they would find a Wizard who could give them what they lacked. If you are familiar with The Wizard of Oz, then you know that these four travelers all received what they needed, but they didn’t receive what they expected.
The same statement can be said of the nation of Israel.
That is my first thought when I hear the word advent, so when I saw that the JourneyWomen Podcast dedicated an entire episode to advent, I didn’t quite know what to think. Was Hunter going to talk about chocolate for 60 minutes?
I have a new favorite piece of art, and I have to admit that the basis of my appreciation is my own interpretation of the artwork. I haven’t researched the piece, so I don’t know what the artist intended for me to understand.