Let me start with a confession. God has been telling me “think before you speak” my entire life! It all started in elementary school. Every report card read, “Linda talks too much in class.” Honestly, I resented that all my teachers had the same thing to say about me.
In all sincerity, I know I still talk too much even at 39. I cannot help myself, sometimes I get so passionate about what is in my heart that my brain checks out and my mouth runs the show.
I remember a pastor once said, “Your heart could be right, but your mind can be wrong.” And ever since hearing that revelation God has given me way too many opportunities to live that out in my daily life. As a result I’ve created the perfect recipe for Humble Pie!
All it takes is a heart for Jesus and sprinkle it with a little self-righteousness and voilà, you have Humble Pie my friend.
So what do you do when get that sick humbling reality check after you’ve totally messed up?
Do you shrink? Do you beat yourself up with shame? Do you resent or blame others for your slip-ups? Or do you reach for the truth? God’s honest truth.
Most of the time I do everything BUT search for the truth. I really don’t know why, but I’m naturally more comfortable with resisting the truth.
Psalm 139:4&5 (CEB) reads, “There isn’t a word on my tongue, Lord, that you don’t already know completely. You surround me –– front and back. You put your hand on me.”
When I read this scripture I couldn’t help but shout THANK YOU JESUS! No matter what I say, no matter what!?!, God already knows it. He knows exactly where my heart is and the best part of it all is His hand of blessing is on me no matter what stupid words end up coming out of my mouth. I don’t know about you, but this scripture shifted my thinking from self-condemnation to possibly self-affirmation.
I would love to hear any of your personal humble pie stories or recipes! Leave a comment below.
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(Revised post from 1/28/12)