In Humility

Our sanctification [does] not depend upon changing our works. Instead, it [depends] on doing that for God’s sake which we commonly do for our own.

The Practice of the Presence of God

~ Brother Lawrence

 

I have a lot of boring tasks, being a housewife. I have had to give up studying with the OU, again, because I can’t keep up with it and keep up with caring for my family. I had my doubts about whether I could manage it when I started the course in October, but it was worth a try. It was with some sadness that I decided to stop, but also a sense of relief. Now I know that I am doing everything I need to do, not for my sake, but for His (also, God was gracious enough to allow me to leave on a high note, having scored 97% in my latest assignment, so at least I know I can pick up where I left off when I’m better)!

I have to rest a lot, so I have been trying to incorporate this attitude into even my resting. It’s not so bad feeling rough if it’s for God’s sake. The thought brings comfort. And then when I do have my energy restored, I can go about my tasks with a heart of humility and service. Also, I make sure that Sundays are a day of rest. This helps prevent any sense of resentment or negativity. God planned for us to work and be diligent, but He also planned for us to rest. I think we too often ignore this in the 21st century. Our digital era insists we never stop. But we must.

2 thoughts on “In Humility

    • 😀

      TBH it’s not quite as impressive as it might seem: OU scores tend to be slightly higher than the norm for UK universities, it was the first assignment of the module (they tend to start off easy and get progressively harder) and it was in the field of statistics and probability so perhaps easier to get a high score than for an essay-based assignment.

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