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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – January 30, 2020

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – January 30, 2020

Humbled by Jodie Montgomery


The definition for humble in the Oxford Dictionary online reads to lower someone in dignity or importance, decisively defeat (typically one that was previously thought to be superior), low, lowly. The similar terms for humble are listed as humiliate, abase, demean, belittle, lower, degrade, debase. The definitions imply humbled is a negative.


Humble is positively encouraged in Scripture as an attribute. The Lord Jesus is repeatedly described as humble. Philippians 2:8 reveals that Christ humbled Himself to sacrificially deliver others. Scripture teaches that those that humble themselves will be exalted. Serving the Lord requires a humble heart, recognizing His children have dignity AND great dependence on their Maker.


I want to be His humble representative.


Those that are humble have the ability to laugh at themselves. There is a fine line between life humbling you or humiliating you. The difference has to do with our response to life. Humbled doesn’t have to mean debased.


We had what could have been an awkward situation for our family last Thanksgiving. We cooked the turkey upside down. My hubby and I were showing off in the kitchen to our son’s girlfriend. I was teaching her how to make the best stuffing ever, never mind that I am not known for my cooking. My husband was preparing the turkey for the oven which included stuffing the bird with our amazing mixture. I kept asking why the stuffing wasn’t staying inside the bird as easily as it usually does and we thought maybe it was because we purchased our fresh turkey from Walmart instead of Publix. For some reason this didn’t resonate as ridiculous to us. Just before the fully stuffed bird was put in the oven, I commented on how skinny the fowl was on top. The wonderful girlfriend just smiled and we all decided the bird just didn’t get fed well prior to its execution. I like the girlfriend. I was still pondering the amount of meat, or lack thereof, on the chest of that bird when it went into the oven.


It wasn’t until the next morning that my husband confessed he had cooked the bird upside down. This may have been a humiliation for the bird but not for my husband. We had a big laugh. Apparently, in the hustle and bustle of pulling things in and out of the oven and getting all on the table, my hubby went to cut the bird and discovered the anatomical makeup was topsy turvy. 


We also discovered that birds cooked upside down may retain moisture better than their correctly baked counterparts. Sometimes in our humble estate, we find the most delicious grace. We proclaim thanks to the One who knows all.


For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself. Philippians 3:20-21