True Greatness

I recently read an exceptional book that focused on dismantling the one thing that has the potential to consume my life on a daily basis…pride. On the recommendation of Mr. Keith Walters, I completed C.J. Mahaney’s, Humility: True Greatness. I immediately connected with Mahaney when he offered this honest statment in the introduction, “…I could entertain you for hours relating the comments and facial expression of those who discovered I was authoring a work with this title. I understand their reaction. If I met someone presuming to have something to say about humility, automatically I’d think him unqualified to speak on the subject. So let me make this clear at the outset: I’m a proud man pursuing humility by the grace of God. I don’t write as an authority on humility; I write as a fellow pilgrim walking with you on the path set for us by our humble Savior.

The book is very good. I encourage those who battle endlessly with the demon of pride to encounter Mahaney’s work. It is concise and stinging. Below, are suggestions that C.J. Mahaney provides and disects throughout the course of the book.

HOW TO WEAKEN PRIDE AND CULTIVATE HUMILITY

ALWAYS:
1. Reflect on the wonder of the cross of Christ.

AS EACH DAY BEGINS:
2. Begin your day by acknowledging your dependence upon God and your need for God.
3. Begin your day expressing gratefullness to God.
4. Practice the spirtiual disciplines-prayer, study of God’s Word, worship. Do this consistently each day and at the day’s outset, if possible.
5. Seize your commute time to memorize and meditate on Scripture.
6. Cast your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

AS EACH DAY ENDS:
7. At the end of the day, transfer the glory to God.
8. Before going to sleep, receive this gift of sleep from God and acknowledge His pupose for sleep.

FOR SPECIAL FOCUS:
9. Study the attributes of God.
10. Study the doctrines of grace.
11. Study the doctrine of sin.
12. Play golf as much as possible.
13. Laugh often, and laugh often at yourself.

THROUGHOUT YOUR DAYS AND WEEKS:
14. Indentify evidences of grace in others.
15. Encourage and serve others each and every day.
16. Invite and pursue correction.
17. Respond humbly to trials.

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2 Responses

  1. “12. Play golf as much as possible.”

    Perhaps God destined my love for this game – because there is probably no greater thing on this Earth that has the ability to show me how much I suck.

    As a fellow brother struggling with this issue I might just have to check out the book. Thanks for posting a brief synopsis with the steps – good things to look into/practice.

  2. I lack in that specific area….I am not humble and it shows. Thanks for the post bro,

    Woody

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