June 3, 2011

It Really Isn't All About Me

How often have I thought of myself
more highly than I ought to?
How often have I put myself above others?
How often have I thought that
what I had to say was of utmost importance,
and even would interrupt to get my words out?

Too often.

How often have I died to self?
How often have I let others go ahead of me?
How often have I sat in silence
to let others speak?

Not often enough.

Oh that I would truly
have the posture of a Christian
in all of the above.

Practical Christianity.

"For I say,
through the grace given unto me,
to every man that is among you,
not to think of himself more highly
than he ought to think;
but to think soberly,
according as God hath dealt to every
man the measure of faith."
~ Romans 12:3 ~

"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory;
but in lowliness of mind let each
esteem other better than themselves.
Look not every man on his own things,
but every man also on the things of others."
~ Philippians 2:3-4 ~

Oh to walk humbly with my God.
How wonderful it is that we can draw
strength from our precious LORD
and are not called to walk this path
without HIS help and grace!

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand
of the throne of God."
~ Hebrews 12:2 ~

May the LORD bless you each
this weekend, kind friends,
as you seek to follow HIM
with all your heart!

And remember, when we fail,
HE is there to pick us up and
give us a fresh beginning!
All because of what
the LORD Jesus Christ
has accomplished for HIS people.

"If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
~ I John 1:9 ~

What a glorious thought!

Many Blessings,


Heather said...

Hmmm... that pride. It's a sneaky little thing, isn't it? You can appear so "good" on the outside and be filled with self-righteousness on the inside. It's definitely something that restrains our growth if we don't bring it before the Lord for forgiveness. I love how you point that out but also show us how through Scripture. I deal with this daily!
Yes, it IS a glorious thought that I can be cleansed! :)

Jill said...

What a lovely post Camille! So very true, makes us take a step back and think. :-)
Thanks for your kind words on my blog. Have a great weekend!!!


Trisha said...

Encouraging and convicting words, my sweet friend. It's a daily battle, and I praise God for his endless supply of grace! Have a lovely weekend! Hugs!

Grandmabeckyl.blogspot said...

Thanks for your great post. Have a good weekend as well, my friend. God's blessing on you and your family.

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

guilty on the interrupting thing. I need to sooooo work on that!

Lisa said...

Thank you for this. Too often I am focused on myself as well, and these verses are such good reminders of the importance of putting others first. I am very thankful for our gracious and forgiving Father.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

You are the most humble blogger I know! Thanks for being such a great example to the rest of us :)

Camille said...

Dear Heather ~ Amen to all you said my friend! What a blessing that the LORD indeed has done it all for us and we are clothed in HIS righteousness!! What an incredible thought. :)

Dear Jill ~ I trust you are feeling better? Thank you for your encouraging words. May the LORD bless you and your family with a lovely weekend too! :)

Dear Trisha ~ Oh yes...a DAILY battle!! What a blessing it is that the LORD does not leave us to ourselves!! How I need HIM!! Have a wonderful weekend my friend! :)

Dear Becky ~ Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement! May the LORD bless your weekend as well. :)

Dear Stacie ~ Oh how I hear you my friend! Me too! :)

Dear Lisa ~ How forgiving HE is!! What a blessing it is to belong to HIM and to be led by HIM in this life...HE is so gracious and loving to us, isn't HE? :)

Dear Jackie ~ Oh dear me! I am painfully aware of my ugly pride and my need of the LORD daily...how wonderful HE is!! I like what Robert Murray McCheyne said ~ "One look at self, and ten looks at Christ"! How true it is! We must keep our eyes on HIM! Have a great weekend! :)

Many blessings to each one of you!
In HIS Love,

Barbara said...

Amen Camille, it is important to be humble, and not prideful, may we all pray that God will help us to be humble in his sight, hugs

Camille said...

Dear Barbara ~ Oh yes...HE is the ONE Who is able to do this work in our hearts...how precious HE is!! May you be blessed with a wonderful weekend!


Farmgirl said...

Lovely post Camille!

Justine said...

Whenever I get angry or really grumpy I try to think these thoughts especially when I am working at the pharmacy (highly demanding with lots of grumpy customers:-) Thanks for this post I may print it and keep it in my lab coat pocket just to read when I get really steamed up :-) Thanks for your posts thanks for the encouragement its been two steps back for me for the last few months but you are right you need to take some steps back to see where you are going right? So healthy choices from now on thank you for being a role model for me and my family!

Camille said...

Dear Heather (Farmgirl) ~ Thank you my friend! :)

Dear Justine ~ Yes, sometimes it is two steps forward, one step back...hang in there! I am encouraged that you are encouraged here...may the LORD give you HIS grace as you deal with difficult people. HE is able to work these things in us...what a blessing!! I am unable to live out these things without HIS daily help and grace...and I fail so often!

Many blessings,

Dianna said...

What a beautifully written peace, Camille. I especially appreciate the Scriptures that you've listed...takes us from conviction to confession to forgiveness. Thank you so much for sharing.

An e-mail will come later today.

Linda said...

Hi Camille,
Wonderful post and love the verses and reminders of putting others first! I am so thankful for a loving and forgiving Heavenly Father. Thankful too for you my friend. You are a a sweet blessing!
Hugs and many blessings

Camille said...

Dear Dianna ~ Don't you just love how the Scriptures do that? God is so Good to us, isn't HE? I will look forward to your e-mail. :)

Dear Linda ~ You are a blessing to me...thank you for your kind friendship. How wonderful our Precious Saviour is! May HE bless you and your family this week.

Many blessings,

Sharon said...

Dear Camille,

Another wonderful and encouraging post! I love Philippians 2:3-4. Michael and I memorized those verse when we took premarital counseling. Now as we counsel we encourage the couples to memorize those verses to include verse 5.
Oh, how I long to be pleasing to Him and live totally for Him!
Thank you for your encouraging words sweetie!


Camille said...

Dear Sharon ~ Thank YOU for encouraging me...all. the. time! I appreciate you. :)

Much Love,