Heard at Café: 01/28/2020

Tonight, we had the opportunity to hear from two CCF alumni: Sarah Harrington and Stephanie Tillman. Both Sarah and Stephanie have spent the last several years as a part of the Globalscope ministry in Mexico, and visited CCF tonight and brought us the talk for the evening.

Sarah and Stephanie spoke on the topic of humility. They helped define humility for us by explaining what it isn't -- that humility isn't just an attitude; it's a practice. This means that it's intentional and takes work. Humility isn't self-deprecating; it's not circumstantial, or dependent on the situation or context we're in. It's not the absence of confidence, but instead, putting your confidence in something greater.

The passage that we looked at tonight came from Philippians 2:
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature[a] God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death
        even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
In this passage, Paul is writing a letter to the people of Philippi, imploring them to imitate themselves after the way that Christ lived. We can see this idea of tangible humility, or risking your own discomfort for others lives. This is modeling the behavior of Jesus. We should use humility as a means for learning: to grow in gratitude, to be more reliable, and to connect with others.

Humility is being able to celebrate others and realize that there's something greater than what we see. Sarah and Stephanie ended the talk by challenging us to think about what we can do to help chart the path for the next, and what we're currently doing to better our community and the world around us.

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