Once everyone had arrived, we started right in on the project for the day. As our previous plans of working in the vegetable garden were not going to be able to happen due to rain, we found ourselves in the kitchen putting together "Au Gratin Potatoes" (unfortunately, not very many of the photos taken during this time turned out! At least there are a few, though. :)
Our lesson for the day was on humility . . . several months ago, we had memorized a verse from Colossians which reads:
“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;” Colossians 3:12
Since memorizing this verse, we have discussed the attributes of compassion, kindness, gentleness and patience . . . and now we were going to learn about 'humility'. We first looked up the definition of 'humility' in the dictionary and discussed it as well as reading and discussing the definition of 'pride':
Humility: 1. freedom from pride and arrogance; humbleness of mind; a modest estimate of one's own worth. 2. humility consists in lowliness of mind; a deep sense of one's own unworthiness in the sight of God, penitence for sin, and submission to the divine will.
Pride: Inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one's own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments, rank or elevation in office, which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve, and often in contempt of others.
When we look at Scripture and the definitions of the above words, we can see that:
1) We are to have humility before God.
“Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” James 4:10
2) We are to have humility towards others.
“. . . and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5bWe discussed these verses in-depth before reading Ephesians 4:1-3:
“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Having humility, being humble, is a part of this walking in a manner worthy of one's calling.
In Philippians, we found that we are to:
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others." Philippians 2:3-4
Humility is the opposite of selfishness and conceit. And as always, Christ is our perfect example of humility:
"Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." Philippians 2:5-9
After discussing the above verses, we concluded our little study by asking the girls "How do you think humility would be expressed in our lives?" The girls shared some ideas which we talked about for a bit before moving on to the next thing . . . cross-stitching!
Before long the potatoes were ready to come out of the oven, and we all enjoyed a sample of them. Mmm . . . were they ever delicious! Next came putting some in containers for the girls to bring home, and then it was time to say goodbye. Now we can all look forward to next week!