"I, Paul, who am 'timid' when face to face with you, but 'bold' when away!....For some say , 'His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing'..."
2 Corinthians 10: 1, 10.
How many writers can relate to this?
I love how in verse ten, he says, "For some say...." It's as though even in this acknowledgement of his writing abilities he wants to make it clear that this is the opinion of only some. Not all. He seems like a humble character. A guy whom God clearly gifted, who was given words of knowledge to share, but he always gave God the credit. He was not afraid to admit his shortcomings.
I heard in a meeting the other night that humility means honestly admitting who we are. This means two things. That we admit our character defaults and that we also admit that we are loved despite these defects by our Creator. That's a great balance. A balance I don't always achieve.
But today, this is my focus; seeing myself for who I am without condemnation and without arrogance.