There are times when humility is forced upon you - you're proven wrong or God really speaks to a sin in your life and knocks you on your tush. And then there are times when your heart is just humbled by the people you are in contact with.
Recently my Facebook page has been bombarded by such sweet comments in regards to this picture.
I don't know that anyone thought I looked really bad before, but I've heard "you look great" and "hot mama" a lot this week. Makes me blush. I appreciate that - who doesn't want friends to think you look nice? And the fact that I feel good about myself means so much in this circumstance. I can say 'thank you' when someone compliments me and actually believe them. How often, as a woman, does that happen?
I have been asked numerous times in the past few weeks for running advice. Me? Running advice? It's very humbling to have someone ask for your help, especially in an area where you never thought you'd have advice to give.
I do keep my advice simple: think about WHY you want to run (most likely, lose weight), set a concrete goal (I want to lose X amount of pounds, I want to wear a size X, I want to run a 5K/10K/half/full marathon), TELL people about your goal (so you can't flake on it), then start. I recommend the C25K program (although I've never used it, I hear great things) and marathonrookie.com training schedule because they both start you out at a pretty sedentary level.
And then I was told probably the most humbling thing I've ever been told. My husband (I'm starting to choke up and I haven't even told you) told me that I remind him of the wife of noble character (Proverbs 31). Our Sunday school class was discussing criteria for marriage partners. We started with characteristics of a good wife so of course we look at the Proverbs 31 wife (if you're unfamiliar with her, please click on the above link; it's an amazing chapter).
Big A said he has full trust in me with our sons and our home; he has confidence in me as a mama and homemaker. He said I'm compassionate toward others and want to help those in need. Of course I need to work on verses 25-26: I know I worry too much and I need to be slow in speaking. My new memory verse (James 3:6) will help in the taming of my tongue.
I just feel very blessed today. God is good, isn't He?