Stay Humble.


"For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those

who humble themselves will be exalted.” - Luke 14:11 (NLT)


I used to think I was a lot better at things than I was, but now I know that we all have room to grow.

During my first year and a half of living in New York City, I went on interviews almost every week. I would always get the interview because of my design portfolio, but no one would hire me.

It was frustrating getting those rejection emails over and over, but I was hopeful.

One day, I had an interview for a technical design position. I wasn't qualified for the position, but I thought I would give it a try anyway.

The technical design position required specification sheets or "specs" to be made. A specification sheet contains all the measurements of a garment. It sounded simple enough, so I went confidently to the interview.

I wasn't prepared for what happened next. The interviewer (of course) wanted to test my technical design knowledge. She handed me a shirt and asked me to "spec" it. There were about 25 measurements that I had to fill in, and she kindly went over every single one of them.

I wanted to take notes, and I knew I should've taken notes, but my big ego wouldn't let me. I thought taking notes would make me look unqualified, so I tried to memorize everything the interviewer said.

My memory always served me well in the past, but as I started to fill in the spec sheet, I didn't remember half of what the interviewer went over. Let's just say I didn’t get hired.

Your ego can hold you back from learning, growing, and being who God created you to be. It's hard to be humble when you have a big ego.

"For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those

who humble themselves will be exalted.” - Luke 14:11

Our ego is fueled by our self-centered ambitions. It's our responsibility to keep it in check.

God orchestrates things in our lives so that people can give Him all the honor, glory, and praise. But when we step in the way and follow our desires and will instead of God's, we interrupt His perfect plan for our lives.

There's a reason Jesus told the disciples in Luke 9:23, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Putting aside your will to follow God's is a daily challenge but it's necessary so that He will always get the glory.

To me, ego stands for Edging God Out. The second you believe that you can do life on your own, you've blocked the opportunity for God to order your steps. You've edged God out.

We kick down walls to get advice from people who are limited in their thinking. But there's no limit to God. He's all-knowledgeable, all-powerful, and always available. Who wouldn't want God to direct them?

I'm reminded of how God provided manna for the Israelites in Exodus 16. He only allowed them to gather enough for the day so that they could learn to trust him daily.

Sometimes the only way God can humble us is by not giving us everything that we ask for. He wants us to turn to Him every day for direction and will always provide us with everything we need.

A great way to practice humility is to spend time each day in prayer, acknowledging and thanking God for who He is. Stay humble, and keep God at the center of your life.

Your ego may not be your friend, but God is.

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- Mags