Humbling Ourselves

You know from experience, I'm sure, what it's like to stand outside on a dark night and view the thousands upon thousands of stars in the sky. It is a very humbling experience that can leave us feeling rather insignificant as we view ourselves in the midst of a universe that is so huge we can't even begin to grasp its size.

The story is told of Teddy Roosevelt entertaining guests at his Sagamore Hill estate on Long Island. After a late dinner he invited his guests outside to walk beneath the brilliant nighttime sky. After a silent, reverent stroll Roosevelt said, "I guess we've been humbled enough now. Let's go inside."

The truth is, we don't like to feel small and insignificant. We want to feel big and important. And I wonder if sometimes we take the same approach that Teddy Roosevelt took. We may attend a worship service on Sunday, fully aware of the awesomeness of Almighty God, feeling very humbled in His presence. But then, when the service is over, we have the attitude, "I guess I've been humbled enough now. Let's leave."

However, it is only when we are daily aware of God's presence and see ourselves humbled in comparison, that we will be truly motivated to live for Him.

"Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious! Say to God, 'How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you. All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name.' Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man's behalf!" (Psalm 66:1-5)

Have a great day!

Alan Smith