Saturday, April 29, 2006

I don't know everything! What a relief!

I am not really a talented person. I can sing, but not impressively so. I am not an athlete. You get the point. But I did think that I was smart. I got good grades. Knowledge is good thing. But it can also lead to pride, and then to the terrible realization that I really don't know everything.
I read once that the most humbling thing in the world is to realize that you are average. I am terribly average, and yet I longed to excel.

Now, I realize that I will never be a great singer, writer, artist, anything. But I can excel. I can excel in my prayer life. I can excel as a wife and mother. I can excel in humility (is that possible?)

I used to want to excel to be noticed. Unfortunately this desire still exists. I must surrender this desire to God. God wants me to excel "behind the scenes" so that all the glory is for Him. It must please Him when I admit that I don't know everything. He's probably thinking, "Now shes beginning to learn!"

Thank you God for noticing me.
R

7 comments:

Amity said...

Hey thanks for the comment on my question about IFB. I was baptized in a Pentecostal church. I know I no longer agree with alot of their teachings, and lately I have been researching some of the stuff I was taught. For one they believe they are the ONLY ones who are going to heaven?!?! ALso they don't believe in the Trinity, so when I was baptized I was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ only. So maybe I should be re-baptized??? Would you mind sharing your views on this???
Amity
www.homeschoolblogger.com/amatthia

Susan said...

Thanks for this post, Rhonda! I too want to excel, which is a good thing, but most of the time I want to excel so that people will notice how good I am at whatever. You brought me back down to earth - thanks!

Mrs.B. said...

"I used to want to excel to be noticed. Unfortunately this desire still exists. I must surrender this desire to God. God wants me to excel "behind the scenes" so that all the glory is for Him. It must please Him when I admit that I don't know everything. He's probably thinking, "Now shes beginning to learn!"

Oh my......this post was amazing and so convicting! I especially liked the last paragraph.

Whew...I was struggling with this just today. Thanks so much for the reminder Rhonda and for being so 'real'.

Blessings,
~Mrs.B

Mrs.B. said...

I just linked to this post....it was just too awesome, I HAD to share it!

I sure needed this reminder today.

Thanks again. (o:

Donna said...

As a person who saw their worth in relation to the approval of others, I appreciated this post. God taught me this lesson a while ago. I seek to please Him now and there is great comfort in that.

Samantha said...

Hey Rhonda,
I jumped over here from Mrs. B's blog!
What a great post. I am a terribly competitive person-something I struggle with often. It's really nice to be reminded that we shouldn't live to gain the world's approval. Thanks for the insight!

Rhonda said...

Thanks One and all for the feedback. Seems like I am not alone in my struggles.