Humility: Failed OR Focused
I am a new artist; however, I am not new to the creation of art. As you may or may not know I have been doing this for MANY years. I won't tell you how many, a woman never divulges her age. But, seriously, I may be old-fashioned when it comes to some things but I consider my work as very modern. I take pride in taking ordinary images and putting an extreme spin on them. This can be hard for some to appreciate; thus, I have recently had the opportunity to experience failure.
Yes! I said OPPORTUNITY.
This brings me to my point about humility. We can so often confuse humility with failure. This is not the case; however, a failure can definitely bring humility. When I fall it reminds me who is really in charge. Sometimes, I fall because I forget that God has control. I try to take things into my own hands. I try to control and push and force things to happen.
THEN I FALL
The biggest lesson I learn in these situations is to look at the posture of my heart. Am I seeking validation or am I feeling fully validated by God? Am I looking for acceptance or am I living in the knowledge that I am accepted by God? Am I prideful or do I have pride in God's plan for me? Am I coming from a place of self-righteousness or am I postured in humility?
The latter mindsets keep me focused; they help me to remember that "God does good for those who love Him, who are called according to his purpose in Christ Jesus" -Romans 8:28
The strong do not become strong by always having everything happen the way they want, or not having to work hard for anything. Those people can actually become very weak. The strong persevere through trials a
nd learn from them. They have an understanding that humility, being truly humble, and knowing that God has a plan and a purpose is the only way to focus in times of trial and success.
So when you fall, get back up with vengeance; thank God for the reminder that His plan is greater.