You lead the humble in what is right, and teach the humble your way.
~ Psalm 25.
Humility can be so delicious, especially when traveling. Some of my favorite moments have happened because everything didn’t go according to plan. We’ve made mistakes and had to adjust. We’ve even decided to cut trips short.
One time we shortened a bike trip, it meant we skipped riding in a deluge and instead spent extra time in Bryce Canyon. Where we felt humble for yet another reason…
WATCH: Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes it is easy to say “I’m sorry” after we make a mistake or do something wrong. Sometimes it is harder. Making mistakes and having to face what comes after is a part of life. If we are honest about our feelings and apologize when we hurt someone, we will learn how to be humble. Watch for how people are humble today. Watch for the people who help others, who say they’re sorry, and who don’t brag. Tell them you are glad to see them being kind.
Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
~ Psalm 25.3
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest I learned it is pointless to wait for the weather when planning activities. That philosophy has worked out well in adulthood as well. I would have missed many hikes and bike rides and camping trips over the weeks if I let the rain deter me.
The thing about riding in the rain is that it eventually stops. And when it stops, the clouds part. And often when clouds part, when the air is washed clean, and the sun sets, the scene is spectacular.
Some things are worth waiting for, like this sunset in western Montana.
SHARE: Waiting can be hard. As a child, if you must wait for 5 minutes, it is a much larger fraction of your life than when you are an adult waiting for 5 minutes. Talk to someone you love about waiting. What is easy about waiting? What is challenging about waiting? What are some things you must wait for? What makes it easier to wait?
Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.
~ Psalm 25.4
Sometimes it can be difficult to see a path ahead.
At other times, even if the path is obvious, as it was in this river valley in Chile, we may not be too keen on following it for some reason. Is it really safe?
I hesitated a bit to follow this particular path, but we had to. Our lodging and food for the night lay along it.
We got to the lodge just fine. And the next day we saw some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
ACT: Today, pay attention to your path. Do you always go the same way to school and sports practice and ballet? What path do you follow when you are sad or mad or frustrated or worried? Jesus invites us to follow in his path, not being afraid to try new things if it means helping others. Follow the path of kindness today.
In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and she shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
~ Jeremiah 33.1
What is this cow waiting for? Justice?
Perhaps, but my guess is she’s waiting for the rain to stop. It was raining when I took this photo in Ireland, as it did nearly every day we were there riding our bikes.
We could have waited for the rain to stop, but we wouldn’t have seen much of the country. And I guess we could wait for justice to come, but chances are it will never show up if we just wait for it.
Justice is something we must do. We must make it happen.
REFLECT: Kids are often concerned with what is fair. They have an understanding of justice that is often straightforward and rooted in love and treating people well. As we grow older, we unlearn these basic instincts towards compassion and equity. But the kids are right. Treating people well is the root from which justice springs forth. It’s something we do. How do you know something is fair? How do you treat people fairly? What do you do if you witness someone being treated unfairly?
This blog includes thoughts from various contributors at Seattle First Baptist