I was humbled this morning. Not by an action of another. Not by being called out for a prideful or other sinful action in my life. By God. I felt a strong leading not to speak. I felt as if I should be completely silent except to speak anything God were to give to me. So, today, I am silent except when I am required to speak to fulfill my daily duties and except for when I am speaking a word from God. Soon, I feel that I may fast from words.
In prayer and teaching, it is so easy to speak of the Gospel in ways that divide or express pride.
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.” –Mark 8:34-35