The Joy in being Humbled

I was thinking the other day, will there ever be a time when I won’t need to be humbled by the Lord to keep me in sync with the gospel truths, knowing and doing the Lord’s will. What I mean to say is that every time the Lord humbles me, I stay humble for awhile, but then the woes and cares of the world find their way back into my mind and life. I end up worrying about those many things that are of my own creation – debt, weight gain, having to work, will people like me, etc. then I get so worked up trying to solve these things that I completely forgot about focusing on those things that really matter most – the spiritual things, prayer, service, Temple, callings, etc. So what is a guy to do.

I was in sacrament meeting the other day and listened to the opening hymns, “Lord, I Would Follow Thee”. The first lines of each verse grab me and impressed my heart. They were:

Savior, May I learn to love thee
Who am I to judge another
I would be my brothers keeper
Savior, May I love my brother

The other day I needed the Lords help, I really needed it – I prayed for help and guidance, I asked my wife for her prayers and also our local missionaries. The Lord humbled me by His answering the prayers. I knew that it was the Lords work that enable me to do. That which I needed to do. And when I realized it – my heart was so soften and full of appreciation that I could not wait to show the Lord by my actions that I knew that it was his blessing to me.

That is when I realized what it really means to be humble and the blessings that come from a humble heart.

The Humble Heart knows no pain, no guilt, no fear
The Humble Heart has joy and love for all, patiences for all, compassion for all
The Humble Heart gives us the strength to do the Lords will and accomplish that which is hard for us to do.
The Lord loves a Humble Heart

I have been humbled many times in my life by the Lord, and each time I learn something new. I only wish that I would continue to learn without having to be humbled. I wish I had the faith to go several steps into the darkness as President Boyd K. Packer would always talk about.

“Faith, to be faith, must center around something that is not known. Faith, to be faith, must go beyond that for which there is confirming evidence. Faith, to be faith, must go into the unknown. Faith, to be faith, must walk to the edge of the light, and then a few steps into the darkness. If everything has to be known, if everything has to be explained, if everything has to be certified, then there is no need for faith. Indeed, there is no room for it.” (Elder Boyd K. Packer, “What is Faith,” Faith, Deseret Book Company, 1983, p. 42)

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