Impossible to be humble and impatient.

Only the proud are impatient.  Only the proud have contempt for others, and suppressed self-contempt, and are self-deceived about their competitive need to feel superior.

A humble man enjoys himself just as he is, and others, just as they are.  A humble man feels no need to feel superior to others.  A humble man is not agendafied, is not willful, is not hurried, is not worried.  Only the humble experience a deep peace, a deep contentment.  Impossible to be humble and unhappy.  Only the proud/confident-they-know-what’s-best experience unhappiness.  Only the proud experience frustration, stress.  Only the proud feel shame.  Only the proud gossip.  Only the proud are divisive.  Only the proud are miserable, unhappy, discontent with their circumstances, discontent with Jesus and His imputed worthiness, and His genius plan for their lives, because only the proud are confident-they-know-what’s-best.  Only the proud resist listening to, engaging, the opposition.  Only the proud are unwilling to fail, unwilling to lose everything.  The proud are to be pitied above all humans.

—Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, who’s been spending a lot of time in the Book of Proverbs, being exposed to his pride, as Spirit of Jesus has been opening his eyes

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The opposite of ambition, is contentment.

Only the ambitious are proud.  Only the humble are contented.  Impossible to be humble and ambitious.  Impossible to be proud and contented.

Only a humble man is contented with how Jesus made his body, made his mind, shaped his personality, engineered him into his present job, house, car, clothes, financial health/dysfunction, marriage/singleness, children, relatives, relationships.  Contented with His genius plan for his life, just as it is, and for the genius plan for our nation, and the world, just as it is.  Contented with His sovereign reign over all.  Only the humble man is curious and expectant to see what Jesus does NEXT, in himself, others, circumstances.  Only the humble man has a healthy indifference as to his worthiness or unworthiness.

A believer only experiences humility when freshly convicted of his sin of confidence-he-knows-what’s-best/independence/pride/worldliness — his dissatisfaction with Jesus and His imputed worthiness.

—Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, clear-sighted about the sins of others, because his ShepherdJesus has been revealing so much of his own sin to him

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Jesus provides contentment,

but only to the freshly humble — those freshly DEAD to their own worthiness, reputation, financial security, job security, relationship security…those freshly unfazed at the possibility of losing everything, willing to be nobodies, losers, pitied by all.  Because the freshly humble find so much contentment in Jesus alone.  Jesus is ENOUGH for the freshly humble.

—ShepherdDave, worthIERness addict who rejects lowliness/weakness, craves strength/control/excellence/superiority, except when the Spirit freshly convicts him of pride/independence/confidence-he-knows-what’s-best, so he’s momentarily DumbSheepDave, enjoying the bliss of Jesus-dependency/Jesus-contentment/Jesus-humility, so the nonbelievers around him might experience the other-worldly love of Jesus

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Impossible to be a contented enjoyer

of everyone and everything just as it is, unless I’m actively believing in the sovereignty of Jesus (see Him behind everyone and everything, not just nature, but every man-made thing, every bad design, every jerk, every loser, including ShepherdDave, as part of His handiwork as the CreatorSustainer of the Universe), I will be circumstance-dependent for my joy and peace.  Like ShepherdDave.  Claiming the Lordship of Jesus, claiming to believe in His sovereignty, but without the benefit.  Unable to enjoy my current prosperity and accomplishments, always focused on the next.  More.  Better.  Self-absorbed.  Intense.

—ShepherdDave, Christian malcontent, except when he’s been freshly convicted of being confident-he-knows-what’s-best/independent/Dave-dependent, so he might momentarily be DumbSheepDave, enjoying the bliss of Jesus-contentment/Jesus-dependency/Jesus-humility, so the nonbelievers around him might experience the love of Jesus

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The worst preacher, or parent, or teacher, or counselor, or leader,

is the chief encourager –  positive thinker.  “You can do this.”  The next best is the chief accuser –  helping people see the sin to which they are blind.  But the best – the one most likely to be used of the Spirit to transform lives, is the chief confessor.  The chief remover of logs from their own eye.

The chief confessor creates a safe environment in a congregation, home, classroom, counseling session, organization, where the defensive can look inside to see how much worse they are than imagined, where they can eventually join the chief confessor in coming out of the closet about being bigtime failures at following Jesus, and see afresh their bigtime need for Jesus, and be freshly overwhelmed with Him and His imputed worthiness, so His unconditional grace/love is freshly amazing to them.

How does a preacher, parent, teacher, counselor, leader, become a chief confessor?  Only by the work of the Spirit, freshly convicting of sin, especially the sin of independence/confidence-I-know-what’s-best/dissatisfaction-with-Jesus-and-His-imputed-worthiness.

–ShepherdDave, who is never the chief confessor, unless he’s been freshly convicted of the sin of independence, so he’s momentarily DumbSheepDave, liberated about what others think about him, and what he thinks about himself, enjoying the bliss of Jesus-dependency/humility/cluelessness-he-knows-what’s-best, so the nonbelievers around him might experience the other-worldly humility and other-worldly love of Jesus

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A humble person is not fearful.

Or bothered by ridicule, humiliation, failure.  A humble person learns from failure, has compassion on jerks, abusers, enemies, but is not afraid to stand up for self, or others.  A humble person is not defensive, welcomes criticism, is not competitive, has nothing to prove to others or self.  A humble person is not intense, does not get stressed, is rarely in a hurry, because s/he doesn’t attempt to take on too much.  A humble person lives within his/her means, physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially.  A humble person experiences amazing peace.  A humble person enjoys others, self, Jesus, and His genius plan for everyone, including jerks and enemies.  It feels good to be around a humble person.  You walk away feeling good about yourself, not bad about yourself.

–ShepherdDave, who is never a humble person, unless freshly convicted of the sin of independence/confidence-he-knows-what’s-best, so he’s momentarily DumbSheepDave, enjoying the bliss of Jesus-dependency/humility, so the nonbelievers and believers around him might experience Jesus, before he’s wooed back to independency by the world, flesh, devil

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The curse of adulthood,

is being confident-I-know-what’s-best.  If a child grew up being trained in Jesus-dependency – in asking/thanking about everything, being comfortable with cluelessness-they-know-what’s-best, their lives as adults would be indescribably easier, happier, way-more peaceful and stress-free.

–ShepherdDave, an expert witness of the curse of adulthood, the curse of being adultlike/independent, always needing fresh conviction of the sin of confidence-he-knows-what’s-best, so he might momentarily be DumbSheepDave, enjoying the bliss of Jesus-dependency/humility, so the pre-believers around him might experience the other-worldly humility and other-worldly love of Jesus

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Only the judgeless observer leads a peaceful life,

extending grace to all.  The activist, the achiever, lives with enormous pressure to succeed, avoid failure/mistake/embarrassment, to be better, believe better, do better.  And the judgeful observer/people-watcher, noticing weakness in others, robbing others of grace, lives a miserable life of addiction.  Being a competitor, feeling good about self at the expense of others, is the hardest of all addictions to overcome.  Stressful living.  ShepherdDave.

DumbSheepDave on the other hand, is simply the judgeless observer — curious and expectant to see what his ShepherdJesus does NEXT, in Dave, others, circumstances.  Clueless-he-knows-what’s-best.  Enjoying everyone and everything just as it is.  Stressless living.  Ahhh.

–ShepherdDave, who sometimes sees the problem, but always needs fresh conviction of the sin of confidence-he-knows-what’s-best, so he might momentarily be DumbSheepDave, enjoying the bliss of Jesus-dependency/humility, so the pre-believers around him might experience the other-worldly humility and other-worldly love of Jesus

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