“I lost 25 pounds recently,” he proclaimed. “And I did it by thinking I was exercising.” He then closed his eyes and said, “I’m doing it, I’m imagining that I’m exercising.” He stood there for a few seconds with his eyes closed.
“I also thought about eating different foods.” Again he closed his eyes and said, “Right now I’m thinking about eating spinach instead of ice cream.” He stood for a few seconds with his eyes closed.
The audience quickly caught on and began to laugh. He had made his point. No one loses weight by thinking about exercise and diet. It must become action, not just “thoughts.”
“Think happy thoughts,” is Robin Williams’ line as Peter Pan in the movie “Hook.” But only in movies does thinking about a food fight make it become a reality.
I haven’t found in the Bible a verse that says, “Think humble thoughts.” But what I find is “Humble yourselves.”
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
1 Peter 5:6-7 NLT
“Humble yourselves” moves the thought to an action. We don’t become humble by just “thinking humbling thoughts” any more than we lose weight by thinking “exercising thoughts.”
In Isaiah, the prophet said they were just going through the motions of humility and fasting, but what God wants is for His people to “free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.” Isaiah 58:6 NLT
The great missionary and New Testament writer, Paul, put “be humble” and “don’t be selfish” together in the same verse in Philippians 2:3 (NLT). Selfishness always leads to actions that are prideful and hurtful, the opposite of the actions of humility.
James 4:7 tells us to “humble ourselves” and “resist the devil.” Standing firm against evil requires action.
1 Peter 5:5-7 says to “dress yourselves in humility” which will impact how you “relate to one another.” And “humble yourselves” will result in the action “give all your cares and worries to God.”
Choose one concrete action today that will prove an obedience to “humble yourselves.” Jesus did. He stretched out His arms on a Roman cross showing us how much He loves us. Now that’s what humility really looks like.
Our Father, forgive us of our prideful actions. We choose today to humble ourselves under Your mighty hand in ways that will be helpful to people around us.