“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3
Today’s Christian daily devotional
“Awe, heck no!” My friend, Carrie stares at her computer screen in utter disgust.
“What?” I prop my head on her shoulder and lean in to get a better look.
Carrie swiftly clicks the screen closed before I get a chance to really investigate.
“Oh, so now you have secrets?” I punch her arm and fiddle with the mouse to see if I could rouse up what she was trying to cover. I might have ignored it if she simply wasn’t so desperate to hide it.
“What’s the use? You’re nosy self is going to find out anyway!” She lets out a defeated giggle and types in her password.
“If you’re single, come and mingle.” I read the caption under the dating site’s icon. I am taken aback, as this was not the kind of secret I was expecting to find. Carrie is a stunning girl; finding men that wanted to date her was never an issue. I figured online dating was anything but her style.
“Seriously?” I poke at her rib.
Quickly coming to her own defense, she rattles off her reasons.
“I’m picky. I’m low on dates that measure up to my high standards.” I stare blankly at her, unsatisfied with her explanation.
Carrie soldiers on. “I figured what harm can come out of posting my wish list online? I just wanted to see what the world wide web could hook me up with…” Throwing her glasses on, she squints while scrolling over her own profile.
“Don’t bother contacting me unless you have a P.H.D. I’m a princess that likes to be pampered, so make sure you are ready to give me the kind of TLC that talks to me…”
My upper lip slowly curls up; I continue reading the rest of her dramatic monologue quietly to myself.
Not only are Carrie’s demands high; but her personality profile is far from the truth. I can honestly attest to this. Carrie and I have been best buddies since high school.
“So how has this option been workin’ out for you?” I have a hard time looking at Carrie the same way. Half- joking and half-serious; I scroll through the photos of men leaving messages in her inbox.
Carrie shrugs her hunched shoulders. She doesn’t bother uttering a word. The proof is already there in full color.
In Romans 12:3 the Bible heeds us to be honest with God and ourselves about our true state. When we aren’t truthful, we actually do ourselves a disservice as we cannot work on our shortcomings or sharpen our strengths.
This dishonesty also suspends our ability to share our true gifts and callings from those whom will benefit most. Another sad fact about having an over-inflated ego, is that it prevents us from connecting with the right people we might actually enjoy and get along with. God has so much more for you, if you will just get over yourself.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for making me who I am. I want you to help me see myself clearly.
I don’t have to lie or hide with you, because you know it all anyway.
Lord, I want so much to get the best out of life and to experience it on the deepest levels. How can I do this if I can’t face the truth of who I am?
Help me to work through my issues with you. Heal the wounds that are preventing me from being the kind of friend I want to attract.
Send me friends that I can learn from and who will be honest with me when I am getting off-tract.
In Jesus’ precious name, I am ready to deal with reality now. Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verses: Romans 12:3
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan