Lessons in Humility

Humility:the state of being humble.

One does not brag about humility. However, one can have humility forced upon them. Four weeks have passed and each day is another lesson in humility. We needed an “adult” to help us get library cards, an “adult” to set up an appointment at a bank, an “adult” to talk with the phone company and an “adult” to teach us how to use our washing machine. The “adults” in all these situations are people who are fluent in the language and the culture.  Things that seem so easy and so natural in the States are hard and foreign here. We attempt to do that same things but it takes 3 times as long. Try having a baby order bread at the bakery the next time you go in. See how that goes. No wake up and you’re the baby.
Everything goes fine until someone opens their mouth. Either I must speak the three to four words I know while pointing in an attempt to make a conversation, or they speak and say things I have no knowledge of. Whichever is the case it usually ends with me opening my mouth and inserting my foot. Pointing at things and hoping for the best.

Much laughter is had at our expense. We laugh along with them, so we don’t cry. Attempting to meet our neighbors is a quick hello and quick goodbye, even though we desperately want to let them know about the truth. hello and good bye are two of the four words we know.

It is not a bad thing. Humility is something we could all stand a good portion of, but, it is hard when it is most moment’s of everyday that you are reminded that there is nothing you know. Paul may have said it best, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV84).” I guess Jesus was speaking there also. His grace is sufficient, His power made perfect in MY weakness. I will boast. So He may be strong.


One Reply to “Lessons in Humility”

  1. God’s best to you as you humble yourselves before the Lord and others. I have never lived longterm overseas, but have received humbling help from others. Thank you for serving our Lord and on behalf of us in France.

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