I am thrilled and blessed to have my daughter, Alisa Marie Georgeff, join me as a guest writer on my blog. She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to so many. It is such a blessing to have you children grow up, have families of their own, have a walk with God of their own and continue teaching you so much even after they have left the nest. May her following entry be a blessing to you this week. Serious proud Papa moment going on here. Without further a due, may I present to you my daughter, Alisa Marie Georgeff.
1 Peter 5:5b – 7, “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
Humility leads to Maturity
Contrary to what I believed, humility is not merely a nice, lovely choice made by mature Christians and having to do with putting others first. I have found humility at it’s core to be a rude awakening, an uneasiness in my heart, a pit in my stomach.
It is knowing that I don’t always have what it takes.
Knowing this about myself strips me of my pride and does lead to treating others better, but it is the state of my heart that defines true humility. No human would choose humility of their own accord. It is uncomfortable. It is deeply vulnerable.
Yet Jesus reminds us again and again that it is needed for growth towards maturity. How counterintuitive that we should depend less and less on our own ideas and skills as we move towards maturity. Everything the world would tell us screams that we should move towards being independent and bold, confident in ourselves and in our abilities. But therein is the beauty.
As we become less full of ourselves, and depend on Christ more, he will fill our empty, humble, hearts with quiet confidence. This strength, born in humility, grounded in his love, is all we need to live for him and love others.
Isn’t that what maturing in Christ is all about?
Alisa Marie Georgeff