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Lowliness of Heart


I've been thinking a bit about humility. I thought it might be good to pray "Father, teach me humility," realizing the pride - the deadliest of the 7 deadly sins - is one with which I struggle. Earlier this morning I read in, I think Thomas a Kempis, that pride is the killer of thankfulness because the prideful person always believes he deserves what he dets, and should get more. Then, tonight, I read these words from Wordsworth:

True dignity abides with him alone who, in the silend hour of inward thought can still suspect, and still revere himself, in lowliness of heart. [from Lines Left Upon a Seat in a Yew Tree]

Interesing, especially becuase I had also decided not to speak much to day and to think more before speaking, measure my words more carefully and cautiously... not to second guess, be sarcastic, or speak politically or with spin, but to greater avoid the pitfalls that come from my prideful heart and quick tongue.

Then this:

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; Don't try to figure everything out on your own, Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume you know it all. [from Proverbs 3, The Message]

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