Live in Humility
by Amanda Detweiler
“In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’” - 1 Peter 5:5
This is a new method for me in teaching math. So, I will sort of be learning it with your kids. If they have any trouble that you notice at home, please let me know so I can make changes to help your children learn successfully.
Hearing my second grader’s teacher humbly admit to all of us parents that she is continuing to learn the material she teaches and welcomes input from the students and parents, was such a relief to my heart.
For the past several weeks, I have been preparing my son for school to begin. I have been repeating over and over for him that his father and I expect him to work hard, to listen well to his teacher and classmates, and to be kind. I haven’t told him that we expect him to get every answer and assignment completely correct or that we expect him to always be on his very best behavior because those expectations will set him up for failure and I observed last school year that my boy struggles with perfectionism. When he would get an answer incorrect on a worksheet, struggle learning a new skill, or get a tic against him on the classroom behavior chart, it had a huge impact on him. He would come home incredibly frustrated and would speak very discouraging words over himself. Aside from watching my son beat himself up, the most challenging part for me, was that he would become unwilling to receive help to understand or learn from his mistakes.
As I read our verse for today, I realized what my son is really struggling with and what his teacher revealed she has, is a teachable spirit. Our verse calls this teachable spirit, humility.
1 Peter 5:5 says, “In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’”
Something I remind my son of often, is that he was not born knowing how to do anything he is capable of doing now. This is true for all of us. Everything we can do, we have learned at some time or another, and yet we can easily forget this fact and expect ourselves or others to just know how.
Throughout our lives, we are faced with situations in our homes, jobs, ministries, and relationships that we haven’t navigated yet or have navigated poorly in the past. It’s because of these situations that we need to constantly check that we are walking in humility and willing to learn. Our verse in 1 Peter encourages us to recognize that there are others who have already walked these roads and by casting aside the need to appear perfect we can learn from them and potentially avoid some of the troubles they may have faced.
Peter is the perfect example of the need to be humble and willing to learn as he faced many moments in his walk alongside Jesus, where he both exemplified humility and the need to be humbled. During the Last Supper in Matthew 26, Jesus shares with all of the disciples that the time is coming where they will all scatter away from Him. Peter strongly declares that no matter what happens, even if he has to die with Jesus, he will not leave him. Jesus corrects him stating that, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” Peter wanted His love and devotion to Jesus to be perfect, but as Jesus’ words are proven true in Luke 22, Peter weeps bitterly realizing that he still has a lot to learn about a life fully devoted to the Lord.
In Luke 5 when Jesus is calling the first disciples He calls out to Peter from the shore encouraging him to cast out his nets one more time. Peter could have given Jesus the, “Are you serious?” look, after a night of net casting led to no fish, but Peter obeys, and the nets can barely handle the amount of fish in them. He then left everything to follow Jesus because he recognized that there was much he could learn from Him.
Peter was by no means perfect and yet, even with all of his shortcomings, he was able to be used by God to do great works for the Kingdom simply because of those moments where he recognized his need to learn and chose to humble himself.
Whatever season of life we’re in, however seasoned or inexperienced, we all have something to learn. God loves to use us and to teach us new things when we humble ourselves. As we read earlier, He shows us His divine favor when we do so. And just like my son’s teacher, through our example, we get to show others the incredible value of being humble. Take a moment this week and ask the Holy Spirit, “Is there an area of my life where you want me to humble myself, so you can show me your favor?”
About the Author
Amanda is happily married to her wonderful husband, Josh, and is a mother to two amazing little boys. Together, Josh and she pastor a campus of Morningstar Fellowship in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and love being a part of that community.
This is Amanda’s first venture in writing, but it has been a desire of her heart for a long time so, she is thrilled to have this opportunity. When she’s not writing, Amanda enjoys listening to various messages to grow her relationship with the Lord and spending time with her family and friends.
You can read Amanda’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 1st Sunday each month here at Pandora’s Box Gazette.