Daily Devotional for October 6, 2022

Yesterday, as I left for work, I gave Shannon a kiss and as I walked out the front door she said, “You look very nice today.”  I replied, “I know,” and kept walking.
Just as I was getting into my truck, I realized what I had done.  I had messed up.
For these last few years, Shannon has been trying to teach me when someone gives me a compliment, I am not supposed to agree with them but instead, say “Thank you.”
I walked back into the house and said, “Thank you.”  Shannon smiled and said, “I am so proud of you.  You are welcome.”  
The problem is my philosophy of life is summed up with a quote that’s been attributed to Yogi Berra, Bear Bryant, Will Rogers, and Dizzy Dean.  No one knows who first uttered these profound words but if it’s one of these four men, I am all in.
The saying is, “It ain’t bragging if it’s true.”  This means when someone tells me how good the sermon was, how I’m the greatest writer of Daily Devotionals in the history of Daily Devotionals, or Shannon compliments my looks; when I agree, I am just affirming the obvious.  It ain’t bragging if it’s true.
Shannon doesn’t see it that way.  She thinks demonstrating humility and grace is the best way to live life.  And while I hate to admit it, I think Jesus would agree with Shannon.
Jesus said, “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11)
The lesson is clear.
Even if you think you are as good a preacher, as gifted a writer, or as good looking as I am, be humble.  It really is the best way to live life.  I promise!
Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, please remind me anything that is good in me is a gift from you.  Give me a heart of humility, wisdom to do your will, and an infectious joy that changes the world.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.
Just for the record, I’ve decided to be humble and not tell everyone what a spectacular person I am. God and I know the truth.  I’m good with that.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins