SHALLOW AND PROFOUNDby Oswald ChambersWhether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. —1 Corinthians 10:31Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow aspects of life are not ordained by God; they are ordained by Him equally as much as the profound. We sometimes refuse to be shallow, not out of our deep devotion to God but because we wish to impress other people with the fact that we are not shallow. This is a sure sign of spiritual pride. We must be careful, for this is how contempt for others is produced in our lives. And it causes us to be a walking rebuke to other people because they are more shallow than we are. Beware of posing as a profound person— God became a baby.To be shallow is not a sign of being sinful, nor is shallowness an indication that there is no depth to your life at all— the ocean has a shore. Even the shallow things of life, such as eating and drinking, walking and talking, are ordained by God. These are all things our Lord did. He did them as the Son of God, and He said, “A disciple is not above his teacher…” (Matthew 10:24).We are safeguarded by the shallow things of life. We have to live the surface, commonsense life in a commonsense way. Then when God gives us the deeper things, they are obviously separated from the shallow concerns. Never show the depth of your life to anyone but God. We are so nauseatingly serious, so desperately interested in our own character and reputation, we refuse to behave like Christians in the shallow concerns of life.Make a determination to take no one seriously except God. You may find that the first person you must be the most critical with, as being the greatest fraud you have ever known, is yourself.
HUMILITY by Phillips BrooksWhen Christ showed us God, then man had only to stand at his highest and look up to the Infinite above him to see how small he was. The true way to be humble is not to stoop till you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature that shall show you what the real smallness of your greatest greatness is.Unreal humility always goes about depreciating human nature. Genuine humility always stands in love and adoration, glorifying God. Humility comes by aspiration. In all Christian history, it has been the souls which most looked up that were the humblest souls. Today the rescue of a soul from foolish pride must be not by a depreciation of present attainment but by opening more and more the vastness of the future possibility. The Christian keeps his soul full of the sense of littleness, not by denying his own stature, but by standing up to his full height, and then looking up in love and awe and seeing God tower into infinitude above him.
Choose others first, choose love over understanding, choose love over being right, choose love over having the last word, choose love. God blessLisa