Humble Highway Home – Good News for March 13

13 03 2010

Luke 18:9-14

Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity – greedy, dishonest, adulterous – or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’

But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’ I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

The Daily Path: It’s not always easy to be humble, but I find it far easier to live in humility than in ego. If you stop and think about it, keeping that ego fed is hard work. Ego is never satisfied. It’s a burden we carry around like a steamer trunk on our back. Again, it’s not easy to do, but dumping the ego trunk brings about a lightness of being that makes the journey easier.

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13 03 2010
Daniel Tomlinson

I just had a thought about that as I meditated on it after reading it.

We grew up being promoted from one grade level to the next, and of course there are those years we reach when we can drive, drink, register for the draft etc. etc. Everything about life seems to be what we have a right too. Especially in this country when we are inoculated with the message to look out for number one.

It’s easy to identify all the things that fight against humility, and I don’t want to take away from the central tenant of your blog, but I guess I have to know where I’ve been to know where I want to be.

Thank you Kin.

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