Humility: Before you Go “Flying off”…

So I’m on the treadmill this morning humming along, and when I come to the end of my 4 mile trek I start to press the button to decrease my speed and move into a “cool down” mode.  For some reason the button didn’t work even though I kept pressing it so my speed didn’t decrease, I think it actually increased.  Now after running for 40 minutes and mentally thinking that I’m about to slow down and cool down, and it turns out that I can’t, threw me off a bit.  So I had to keep running even though I was mentally and physically ready to slow down and come to the end of my run.  I stumbled a bit, almost flying off the treadmill, but caught myself avoiding an embarrassing spill.

Now here’s the humbling part. Just the other night Christina and I were talking and she mentioned a story she heard about how many gym injuries happen to people running on treadmills!  I laughed quite hysterically and said, “how on earth do people get injured on treadmills!”  She explained that they go, “flying off the treadmill.” Of course I laughed and said, “that would be kinda cool to see!” (not that I want anyone to get hurt of course)  I went on to utter more outlandish statements about how these people couldn’t possibly be people with any athletic ability whatsoever.

Turns out that it easy for people to get distracted on a treadmill and they do indeed crash and get hurt.  So my early morning near crash reminded me of the text that says: “Don’t be so naïve and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.” The Message (emphasis mine)

Thank you Jesus for the dose of humility.

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About Bernie Anderson

Collegiate/Young Adult pastor Forest Lake Church, near Orlando, FL

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