And being found in human form, he humbled himself… Philippians 2:8a NRSV
Retreat to your quiet place and prepare your heart and mind to allow Scripture to speak to you as you continue on your journey to joy today.
Start with Scripture. Today, read Philippians 2:5–11 from your favorite translation of the Bible or from the epigraph printed at the top of the chapter, page 67.
This is a very difficult concept—from God, supreme ruler, to slave—and humility is not a virtue that is celebrated much today. Read the first paragraph of Chapter 10, on humility.
Ella’s understanding of humility was informed by author and pundit David Brooks, in The Road to Character. What is the connection between humility and unselfishness, the subject of yesterday’s meditation?
Continue reading Chapter 10 of Reclaiming Joy. What parts of Ella’s story, if any, do you identify with? If you have little self-esteem and self-confidence, what can you learn here?
Where or when do pride and self-confidence morph into false pride?
On pages 68 and 69, Ella describes many of the difficult tasks she felt unqualified to deal with. If you are suddenly single after years as half a couple, which activities are hardest for you?
Once again she uses metaphors like black hole and sinkholes to describe her struggles after losing her spouse. She lists her sinkholes on page 70. What are your black holes and sinkholes?
Read pages 71 and 72. Do you want to be “strong”? Have you needed to admit your weakness and ask for help?
Take inventory of yourself. Do you need to be stronger and more confident, or do you need a dose of humility? What is the right balance for you?
What is the lesson that you have learned today?
What steps can you take now to balance your life and move toward joy?
What three things are you thankful for today? What moments of joy have you experienced in the last 24 hours? Take time to say, Thank you, God, for…
For an introduction to these 28 meditations leading to Easter, please read The Journey to Easter Joy: Daily Meditations, Letting Scripture Speak.
© Ella Wall Prichard, 2019