Every life is like a book with a beginning, middle and end. However, sometimes portions of life doesn’t make sense until insight is provided from the future. As for me, its clear that I started from humble beginnings. Born with a severe speech impediment, life didn’t seem very fair. In addition, I was accident prone, crashing face first into the pavement on my bike, breaking my leg in two pieces after jumping from an above ground pool and having the tip of my pinky finger caught in a car door. These events summed up my early days on earth.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted, Matthew 23:12.
However, little did I know that all these things likely occurred to keep me from becoming full of myself. As my athletic talents began to blossom, strange occurrences immediately followed crowning moments. Appendicitis, a complete ligament tear and head on collision prevented me from becoming a prideful person. Looking back, perhaps my analysis is incorrect, but something in my soul makes me believe these trials kept me humble. Furthermore, this experience helped me realize that my talents are on loan from God.
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble,” James 4:6.
Like me, Jesus also came from humble beginnings. When his future father, Joseph, was about to divorce Mary, God intervened. Yet, Jesus was born into poverty, forced to work hard as a carpenter to make a living. Growing up in Nazareth, a town with a terrible reputation, Jesus had a lot to overcome. Nonetheless, when the appointed time arrived, God the Father raised his Son up to find favor on earth. May those of you enduring hard times currently, remember the promise of humility, that those who are humbled will be lifted up!
by Jay Mankus