And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Philippians 2:8, NIV
By Tami Heim
Inspired by Alece, at Grit & Glory, 2011 started with a one-word non resolution: Humility. As Christmas approaches and reflections on this past year begin to accumulate, people around the world celebrate the Breath of Heaven coming down to earth. God sends His Son and the world’s first introduction to the long awaited Saviour is a baby sleeping in a manger. Announced by prophets centuries before His birth, He arrives as our only Way, Truth, and Life. Every step, word, and action is marked with humility and testifies to the great love of the Father. That one word, humility, reflects His whole life.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
– Philippians 2:5-7, NIV
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. -Matthew 18:4
He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? -Micah 6:8, NASB
By Tami Heim
June arrives this week in its predictable place behind May. It settles comfortably in the middle of this year, even though it feels like a moment ago that January announced another new year beginning. Was it really six months ago that Alece, at Grit & Glory, sweetly disrupted our thinking as usual with the idea of a one-word non-resolution resolution?
Instead of penning the long list of ‘sort-of want-to-do’ resolutions, Alece’s idea was to pick one simple, powerful word, and live by it. Today we’re going back to our sticky one word pick for 2011 – Humility.
So what does it look like to lovingly walk in humility? Let’s review.
Will you walk this way?
Jesus knew how to live and lead sticky. He influenced the thinking, the behavior, and the development of others. There wasn’t a town or a city He entered where hearts and minds did not respond. When He engaged the people in conversation, they listened. When He spoke the language of eternity and performed miracles, lives changed. His ideas and His love stuck.
Jesus’ life matched His message. There weren’t grey areas around His integrity or identity. The challenge for us today is to effectively engage a needful planet and lead the conversation like Jesus. Leadership books repeat the characteristics: leaders go against the grain, take personal risks to achieve a greater goal, and create culture. They’re mission-centric. They speak of vision, possibility, and teamwork. Great leaders are exceptional communicators and standout influencers. Great leaders get personal.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:18, NIV
The new year is off, running, and pulling you along with it. Perhaps you’ve faithfully posted your thoughtful resolutions and set brand new goals for the year. Maybe you took a short cut on a newly inspired quest for simplicity and repurposed last year’s version. Maybe you just said, “Whatever.”
For those that made some kind of commitment for the new year, it’s the first week and we know you have your focus on.
Alece, at Grit & Glory, delivered an inspiring challenge regarding the new year–she disrupted thinking a usual with the idea of a one word non-resolution resolution. Alece picked one simple, powerful word to live by for the year. Her idea was contagious, so we’re going to start the year with a focus on one word, too.
One simple, powerful word.