What do you get when you mix five people, two teenagers, three hacking colds, four school schedules, overlapping sports, and a mom with two jobs under one roof? Chaos. Clutter. Friction. Irritation. And tempers riled.

That makes this week’s character quality extra important for me.

Meekness is defined as yielding my personal rights and expectations with a desire to serve. Other definitions include showing mildness or quietness of nature, enduring injury with patience and without resentment, and being humbly patient under provocation from others. (Other secondary definitions implied being cowed, overly compliant, lacking initiative, spiritless, or tame.)

I suppose that someone who is meek could appear to be somewhere in that second list of definitions … but only after a lot of tongue biting and teeth gritting. Because true meekness is not weakness. It takes a lot of strength to lay aside my rights and serve my family.

But that’s what Jesus did.

Paul tells us that our “attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: who, being in the very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant … he humbled himself …” (Philippians 2:5-8 NIV)

So, even when I’m tired and my brain is fried and the living room looks like a tornado came through and the kids are fighting and my husband asks what’s for dinner, I can choose to be mean … or be meek.

What about you? How do you define meekness? Do you find it easy to lay aside your rights? Why or why not?

Character Matters – Meekness
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