Saturday, April 11, 2009

I Need Humility

I just finished reading CJ Mahaney's Humility and I must say, I desperately need more humility in my life. Even as I type that statement, I can feel the tendrils of pride gripping at my soul.
Sin is such a deceptive thing in my life, that's why I am so very thankful for this wonderful work by Mr. Mahaney. At a mere 174 pages, this little book packs a huge punch to the flesh. It would be a great book to go through with your small group, especially chapter 10: Inviting and Pusruing Correction, let me just say that this was a difficult chapter for me. I started realizing just how much of a facade I put up so often, I need a fresh acquaintance with my greatest friend humility to kill my greatest enemy pride.
You definitely owe it to yourself to go and pick up a copy of this wonderful gospel centered work by CJ Mahaney, even if you don't think that you need it!

Here's a list of suggestions that CJ gives toward the end of the book, it kind of sums up the gist of all that the book contains, again these are just suggestions.

How To Weaken Pride and Cultivate Humility (A List of Suggestions)

1. Reflect on the wonder of the cross of Christ.

As Each Day Begins:
2. Begin the day by acknowledging your dependence upon God and your need for God
3. Begin your day expressing gratefulness to God.
4. Practice the spiritual disciplines-prayer, study of God's Word, worship. Do this consistently each day and at the day's outset if possible.
5. Sieze your commute time to memorize and meditate on Scripture.
6. Cast your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.

As Each Day Ends:
7. At the end of the day, transfer the glory to God.
8. Before going to sleep, receive the gift of sleep from God and acknowledge His purpose for sleep.

For Special Focus:
9. Study the attributes of God.
10. Study the doctrines of grace.
11. Study the doctrine of sin.
12. Play golf as much as possible.
13. Laugh often, and laugh often at yourself. ( I liked this one a lot!)

Throughout your days and weeks:
14. Identify evidences of grace in others.
15. Encourage and serve others each and every day.
16. Invite and pursue correction.
17. Respond humbly to trials.

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