You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, June 22, 2014: The Humble Path to Happiness {Listen Here}

By Anita Everly

In a culture where we toot our own horns, speak our minds and announce our status updates multiple times a day, it’s hard to imagine not doing any of that and instead look for ways to build up others.
Chances are most of us are thinking way too much about ourselves and not enough about others.
It’s embarrassing to be so very far from following His example of humility: Jesus was fully God and He also surrendered those rights to come down to earth and serve.
I’m feeling challenged to empty myself of me, be filled more with Him and pour out more onto others.
Jesus said, “I am gentle and humble of heart.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Pastor Joe pointed out that this means we must be unselfish with our time, possessions, energy and money. While it’s easy to think, “I’m not selfish with these things,” a better evaluation might be, “How generous am I?” For me, that makes a difference. I have some grasping and grabbing and hoarding to let go of. Humble hearts are best friends with open hands.
In addition, I can’t seem to shake the challenge to look for the positive in others and make it a habit to verbally point that out to them, especially the person we find it hardest to esteem.
Given enough time to really listen to that “difficult” person we find that there are reasons for most people’s hard hearts, unyielding spirits or just plain negativity. If we look at them through the lens of Christ we are able to gain compassion and look deeper to see the good that resides and bring that to the surface with our words of affirmation.
Whether a person thinks too much of himself or too little, everyone needs to hear life giving words. To be a servant of sharing God’s grace and love by humbling ourselves to lift up others is truly a walk on holy ground.
And in the upside down ways of the Kingdom, our lifting others up will likely result in our own hearts being more filled with goodness and joy than they ever could be by focusing on ourselves.
So do you need more of you to show more of Christ?
Lay low this week.  That’s just where things start to look up … for me, for you and for others.


Anita Everly is the wife of David and mom to their three sons.  She can be found watching the lives of her men unfold, creating a home, and encouraging other women in life and motherhood.  She is striving to live life on purpose because she is crazy in love with the One who is crazy in love with her.

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