3.23.15 today’s date: a measurement of (modern) time. Measuring time and growth can be challenging; obviously.
(i like to reflect/compare my inner growth: year to year or from time to time: to ascertain to some degree (or as accurately as possible within reason) my particular progress (in a given area: usually my compassion/spirituality) as fragile-breathing-life.)
Reading ancient examples of those who exhibited qualities i value helps (me). Usually i look/study long-gone dead guys and gals (with qualities i admire or not)…because You have an opened and closed period of time…a complete measurement of a person/personality/life span/example from which to learn…birth to death…proven patterns of choices throughout a life course and their outcomes (evidence) showing positive or negative consequences/successes or failures (from certain choices they made or didn’t make, etc.). Unforgettable historical examples. (Excellent self-help material.)
(i may never be over You, but i may just be under You, eh?)…Peace pursuing always, bien sur, 3.23.15 & every day.
Humility & Modesty are essential to wisdom. “IF” any of us can make wiser/est choices, the “when” results will be of the higher/est good…”everybody wins” type of results! (In other words, less suffering/harm or no suffering/harm.)
An ancient male example: Saul.
Saul came from a wealthy family. A handsome man, standing head and shoulders taller than all others of his nation, he possessed great physical strength and agility. (1Sa 9:1, 2; 2Sa 1:23) The name of his wife was Ahinoam. Saul fathered at least seven sons, Jonathan, Ishvi, Malchi-shua, Abinadab, Ish-bosheth (Eshbaal), Armoni, and Mephibosheth, as well as two daughters, Merab and Michal.
The young man Saul lived during a turbulent time of Israel’s history. Philistine oppression had reduced the nation to a helpless state militarily (1Sa 9:16; 13:19, 20), and the Ammonites under King Nahash threatened aggression. (1Sa 12:12)
How was Saul described or viewed?
“there was no man among the Israelites more handsome than he and he stood head and shoulders taller than all the people.” (1 Samuel 9:2)
Well, how did Saul (really) view or describe himself?
“Am I not a Benjaminite of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the most insignificant of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin?” (1Samuel 9:21)
“Later, at Mizpah, when chosen as king by lot (1Sa 10:20, 21, JB; NE), Saul bashfully hid among the luggage. Found, he was presented as king, and the people approvingly shouted: “Let the king live!” Escorted by valiant men, Saul returned to Gibeah. Though good-for-nothing men spoke disparagingly of him and despised him, Saul remained silent.—1Sa 10:17-27.” (Saul, Insight on Scriptures, Vol. 2)
It’s noteworthy, at the beginning of his reign/kingship, he was little in his own eyes. His modest/humble opinion of himself…at this point in his life…served him and others well. It protected him from irrational acts as King and abuses of power.
Humility and modesty can help safeguard me from acting rashly! When humility and modesty make up the fabric of a person, one refrains from abusing their power…in all aspects of life: power within any relationship, within the family, at work, in the neighborhood, community, globe.
Sadly after just two years as King, Saul lost his humility and started acting presumptuously…”he fabricated excuses for taking things into his own hands.” Saul’s life thereafter became a chain of tragic events causing suffering…and betraying his lack of humility/modesty leading to his “ignominious death.” (Did Kingly power go to his head?)
an example: 1 of many:
“In the progress of the campaign against the Philistines, Saul pronounced a curse upon anyone partaking of food before vengeance was executed on the enemy. This rash oath led to adverse consequences. The Israelites tired, and though they triumphed over the Philistines, their victory was not as great as it might have been. Famished, they did not take time to drain the blood from the animals they afterward slaughtered, thereby violating God’s law concerning the sanctity of blood. Not having heard his father’s oath, Jonathan ate some honey. Saul, therefore, pronounced the death sentence upon him. But the people redeemed Jonathan, for he had been instrumental in Israel’s gaining the victory.—1Sa 14:1-45.” (Saul, Insight on Scriptures, Vol. 2)
Saul illustrates the necessity to stifle self-importance…and how thinking too much of ourselves, our opinions, our solutions can cause lasting harm instead of lasting help. (A humble heart compassionately cares for all…doesn’t make partial distinctions…uses power for the greater good of all fragile-life.)
i enJOYed these grasshopper points: my highlights:
Since humility involves a state of mind—that is, how we view ourselves and others—developing humility requires deliberate effort. Reasoning and meditating on our relationship with Jehovah and with our fellowman can help us to stay humble. In God’s eyes, all […] flesh is as green grass that grows for a time, then dries up and withers. Humans are like mere grasshoppers in a field. (Isaiah 40:6, 7, 22) Does one blade of grass have reason to be proud just because it is a little longer than other blades of grass? Does a grasshopper have cause to vaunt its prowess just because it can hop a little farther than other grasshoppers? It is absurd even to think so. Thus, the apostle Paul reminded his fellow Christians: “Who makes you to differ from another? Indeed, what do you have that you did not receive? If, now, you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as though you did not receive it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7) Reflecting on Bible texts such as these can help us to cultivate and display humility. (excerpted: Jehovah Reveals His Glory to Humble Ones w 04 8/1)
Happy Hopping Humble Grasshoppers!:)
(published 3/23/15 @ 6:03 p.m.)