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Warren Bennis, the popular management consultant, wrote in Why Leaders Can’t Lead:  “Magnanimous and/or humble people are notable for their self-possession.  They know who they are, have healthy egos, and take more pride in what they do than in who they are.  They take compliments with a grain of salt and take intelligent criticism without rancor.  Such people learn from their mistakes and don’t harp on the mistakes of others…True leaders are, by definition, both magnanimous and humble.”

Solomon, in writing the Proverbs, agreed, saying that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (Proverbs 3:34).  Humility precedes honor (Proverbs 15:33); and humility, coupled with the fear of the Lord, brings “riches, honor, and life” (Proverbs 22:4).

By humility, however, the Bible doesn’t mean a low self-image.  We aren’t to put ourselves down or nurture an inferiority complex.  We’re just to think of Jesus more often than we think of ourselves, and we’re to put the needs of others before our own.  Today, try keeping a window before your face instead of a mirror.

“Humility does not consist simply in thinking cheaply of one’s self so much as in not thinking of self at all-and of Christ more and more.”  Keith Brooks

Commentary from the Pathways Devotional, by David Jeremiah, April 24.

Warren Bennis, Why Leaders Can’t Lead (San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1989), 118

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“Things Not Seen” by Jon Bloom

Things Not Seen

In the depths of suffering, it’s easy for faith to waver. Questions rise repeatedly to the surface, such as, “Why does God allow this to continue? Why are my prayers left unanswered? How long will this go on?”

When troubles come, we’re not alone in wondering if God has forsaken us.

In Things Not Seen: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Trusting God’s Promises, author Jon Bloom retells 35 Bible stories—from Abraham to John the Baptist—that reassure us that God is always present and His most profound work is accomplished through trials.

If you, or a loved one, are struggling to see past the storm, Things Not Seen offers a wealth of hope and encouragement to persevere.

“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison…” (2 Cor. 4:17)

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That’s a LOT of books.  Innumerable I suppose.  Why did Jesus do all of those things?  It was not for His own glory, according to John 8:50.  It was love and compassion.  That’s a lot of love!

What about your books, about the things you’ve done to show God that you love Him?  We know that we do not earn anything by the things we do.  We can show God our love for Him though, through those things.  What things?  First, several times in John, Jesus states that those who love Him will keep His word-obey Him.  What else can we do?  Love our neighbors-at every opportunity.  Just as God cares for you, he cares for your neighbor just the same.  It’s easy.  Small acts of kindness matter to God-even a cup of cold water (Matthew 10:42).  “They do well and wisely who give the ‘cup of cold water’ whenever they have opportunity…This is to have the mind of Christ.”  (J.C. Ryle, in Expository Thoughts on the Gospels).

I don’t have much, in fact, I feel like I have nothing to give.  Well, that’s OK to, according to God.  “So the Lord said to him, ‘What is that in your hand?'” (Exodus 4:2).  Moses really only had a staff.  He accomplished quite a bit with that staff, with God.  “Little is much if God is in it.” (Barbara Fairchild).  We can ask every morning, if we don’t already, “God what do you have for me to do today?”  What an incomparable honor and privilege it is to partner with God.