Friday, July 22, 2011

31 Days of Prayer: Nineteen (Taming The Ego)


"God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all."

Titus 3:2
Slander no peaceable and considerate, and show true humility toward all men.

My children love to "one up" each other. Do yours?

"I got in the van first."
"I have read that book before."
"I'm the only one who ate all of their dinner."
"Oh, I've already done that."

Pride, pride, pride, pride, pride, pride, pride.

David writes, "Surely I was sinful from birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me." Psalm 51:5

My sweet boys came into this world full of pride. It is part of their innate make-up. It is a work of the Holy Spirit to tame this trait. I can't "make them" humble.

My job is to point out their high "self-regard" and lead them to Christ.

"Ooooh, buddy. I hear pride talking. Let's act out of humility, please."
"Yes, ma'am."

Pride will get a token lost in the Crenshaw home. It goes against the "Honor Each Other" rule.

I want my boys to recognize pride when it rears its head.

I want to train them to speak to it and tell that ugly thing to go away.

Jesus operated out of a place of deep humility. Charles Spurgeon says, "If we would live properly, it must be by the contemplation of His death; if we would rise to dignity, it must be by considering His humiliation and sorrow."

His death was motivated by deep love for us, sacrifice, humility and obedience to the Father.

Jesus is the only thing we can take pride in.

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Galatians 6:4

Myself and Others
"Lord, cultivate in me and __________ the ability to show true humility to all. Help us to recognize and die to pride daily."

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