August 17: Humility Before Honor

 

Proverbs 15:33b “…and humility comes before honor.”
Cris Carter, from Middletown, Ohio, a flawed man like all of us, a recovering drug addict and now a Christian, gave his NFL Hall of Fame speech in front of a Canton, Ohio, crowd on Saturday, Aug 3, 2013. Carter had tears in his eyes when he took the podium, and he started out by thanking the selection committee.

From there, he noted that he wouldn’t have ever been able to get to this point without his teammates. The first team that he referenced, though, was his family. He calls his brother Butch Carter his hero for teaching him how to be a good person and how to work hard, and said that every member of his family is entering the Hall of Fame with him.

A man who may have never met his father, he thanked his mother and asked her to stand up to be recognized. Carter became a Christian in the spring of 1988 after his rookie year in the NFL. His Teammates, Keith Byars and Reggie White, were instrumental in leading him to Christ. “I now have a purpose in life, and it is to use the platform I have been given to glorify the name of God.”

Phil 2:3 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”

Our deepest and most meaningful relationships develop in one-on-one time and extended conversation. When we are actually with the person, we understand them much better. We can read facial expressions, pick up on emotional responses, and communicate our own feelings very clearly. The result is more interaction, more depth and more substance. Have you ever sent a text message that the other person misinterpreted because there is no tone of voice, body language or emotion?

James 4:10 – “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

Tim Mcgraw, a recovering alcoholic, sang about being humble: “Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you,

When you get where you’re goin’
Don’t forget turn back around,

Help the next one in line
Always stay humble and kind.

Humility is freedom from pride and to honor others above ourselves. It is a mindset – a habit.

“To humble ourselves is a condition of God’s favor.” (Deut. 8:2). Jesus made it a cornerstone of character!

Tom Weckesser

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