Recently I walked in on a conversation between two friends.
One friend wanted to do provide a much-needed item for the other friend. However, the
second friend continued to argue about receiving the gift. She was insistent on finding a way to pay for the item.
The two friends bantered back and forth about this situation for a few minutes and I was afraid they never would reach a conclusion.
Finally, I interceded, placing a hand on both of my friend’s shoulders. “Say thank you,” I said to my second friend.
Taking a deep breath, with a gulp in her throat, she said “thank you.”
After the conversation was over she was more grateful than words could express for the other friend’s kindness.
Saying thank you isn’t always easy. In this case, it meant humbling herself to accept a gift given in love by a friend.
I thought about how many times I’ve also struggled to say thank you and humble myself.
In Colossians 3:12, we are told “as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
We are called to be humble and show kindness, compassion, patience and gentleness. This isn’t easy, but sometimes we have to swallow our pride, lift up a prayer and ask for God’s help.
When we do this we often realize just how grateful we are for whatever the situation may be.
How do you humble yourself?