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Learning in Humility

Learning in Humility

Josh Caudill

I'm pretty young, so I'm told. I don't feel young when I consider the fact that my nephew is about to graduate high school, but everyone tells me that I'm actually not old at all.

Usually, people have to remind me of this fact when I'm facing some sort of mild existential crisis along the lines of the question, "What am I doing with my life?" I feel very rushed to have a firm idea of where I'm headed and a plan of how to get there.

Now, I don't suppose that wanting to be prepared is such a bad thing, but many people are often surprised, when I talk to them about such things, at how urgent I make the issue seem. I suspect that many of my fellow "young" people feel similarly.

Now, it certainly does seem like a good thing for me and other young Christians to be excited about the future and anxious for the ways we'll get to take part in God's kingdom. What this anticipation often leads to, however, is a blindness to the ways God is working around us currently. In our zealous excitement for what God is going to do, we often need reminded that God is moving right now.

In these moments--when I'm blind to what God is calling me to do today by looking forward to tomorrow--I cherish the guidance of those in my life who are a few paces ahead of me on this trail: those who are older, wiser, and more experienced. The voices of these men and women speak truth into my life in order that I will act upon it wherever I am.

In Titus 2, Paul encourages older men and women to pour into the lives of younger men and women so that their lives will not be idle. What is the ultimate purpose of this mentoring, this discipleship? Verse 8 tells us that it is so that nothing evil can be said about us. The training and words of love of those around us will pour out into all of our spheres of influence, demonstrating the power of the Gospel in our lives.

This week, seek out someone "older in the faith," and ask for some wisdom. Think about the ways that you know you need to grow, and ask, specifically, how they've seen grace in that area in their own life.

This training and discipleship is central to Gospel communities, and I pray that we would feel its effects this week and in the weeks to come.

Grace & Peace
Josh Caudill