Act Your Size!
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. - Colossians 3:12
Years ago, I read about some kids who built a clubhouse in the branches of a tree. Wise far beyond their years, these boys and girls came up with a few simple rules for how to behave in this lofty little shelter. These three rules were scrawled out in childish handwriting and posted outside the door:
1) NOBODY ACT BIG.
2) NOBODY ACT SMALL.
3) EVERYBODY ACT MEDIUM.
That’s pretty solid counsel for us adults. We’re neither angels nor worms. We’re all made in the image of God yet we’re all deeply flawed. We’re all entitled to dignity and respect, yet we’re all in need of mercy, patience, and understanding.
So start your day (or continue it) remembering not to act big, or small, but act medium.
“Humility is like underwear, essential, but indecent if it shows.” - Helen Nielsen (1918-2002)
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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
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