Humility - The New Marriage Vows
The traditional marriage vows should be amended to include, “I promise to practice humility daily.” Pride is a nagging shadow I can’t seem to outrun most days. I don’t set out with the intention of letting my pride win again, but I open my mouth and my words are tainted with selfishness. Sometimes it’s as innocent as telling him, that’s not the way you clean that! And other times is a such a fierce need to not be wrong that a simple disagreement quickly turns to a big blowup. When I take my much needed time out my soul is convicted. I choose to walk back, with slumped shoulders and apologetic eyes asking for forgiveness once again.
My prayer is that humility wins next time, and the next until it’s my natural default. I want to pause and give my spouse the much deserved benefit of the doubt first. We have vowed forever and how much more joyful, peaceful, respectful and loving would our marriages look if we broke the chains of pride and clothed ourselves in humility?
Take that extra minute when your mind wants to react harshly before responding, be the first to forgive, acknowledge when you are wrong, never go to bed with a prideful heart, and for extra measure give that really long hug - the kind where you can actually feel the pride melting away and the love pouring back into your soul!
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.”Proverbs 11:2