E-votional  Instructions For Life
May 1, 2001
"'God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.'  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so he may exalt you in due time."
-1 Peter 5:5b-6 (NRSV)


Of all our interactions in the world, one that is anything but natural is humility.  The more we do, the more deserving we feel.  The better we are at sometime, the more recognition we seek.  Like Peacocks and Turkeys we open our proud spread that everyone can see and be amazed.  We are not only good, we are great.  Confidence, pride and excellence begin to drive our ship, our life; notice me. 
Hear the Good News, as God works in our life, we understand our pride is limited, but pride in what Christ has done for you, for me, for the most and the least knows no bounds.We live in a world where we are invited to open up our plumes and show off how good we are and to create separation from the lesser.  Well, Turkey Season just ended in East Texas.  The Turkeys that opened up their feathers, showed a great deal of separation from the others, definitely stood out for the hunters.  Life is to be lived.  Life is to be enjoyed, while at the same time remembering who we are, who's we are and what we are called to do.  Follow the internet link to 1 Peter and be reminded to who we all are.
Oh Father, thank You for all you have done in my life.  For the life, he friends the family by which I am surrounded.  My life, even though it has seen ups and downs, is truly blessed.  When I think and reflect on the many ways You have changed my life, I do become excited and proud.  But You know what, my pride is in You and all You have done.  Me?  I have done little in respect to all you have done for me, yet pride does sometimes get the better of me.  Father give me a humble heart, and let me be used by You to change the lives of others.  Thank You Father, for all You have done in my life and all You will continue to do.  Amen.