PROUD AIN’T LIVING OUT LOUD

brown donkey near beach during daytime photo
Father God, thank You that I can live out loud all my successes and achievements (BOTH), but proud ain’t living out loud. It’s the humbled who will have their every knee bowed for Your Son and our Savior and Deliverer, Jesus Christ. It’s the humbled who live out loud when their successes and achievements (BOTH) are soft cloud, hushed cheer, weak plowed, and light stones. Who else but Jesus to help me live out loud quietly with soft forgive? I know ALL will have their every knee bowed when Jesus appears, but it’s the humbled who will be entirely appreciated for counting all their successes and achievements (BOTH) as God’s Victory (humbled) and not their own victory (proud). “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble” (James 4:6). On a more personal note, this God Sonnet was entirely inspired by Emile Zola’s famous quote: “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” This is EXACTLY the kind of artist I aspire to BE. You, Father God, did not create me to become an artist who creates superficially. I have been created to BE an artist who creates in total transparency, in total truth, and in total humility. I refuse to be an artist who “lives out quiet.” I have to pour everything (and I do mean everything) that is me (that is my soul) into my creative works. I could settle for being a “live out quiet” artist, but “I am here to live out loud” with the utmost humility. If I do these creative works as proud living out loud, You ain’t gonna give me favor but will oppose me, and I don’t want to be opposed by You, Father God. And on an even more personal note, who else but that divine donkey on a beach with soft clouds (pictured) is as humble as him or her? It’s never lost on me that Jesus rode the most humbled of all animals, a donkey, when He made His Way into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:5). Why? Because Jesus has a Humbled Heart for BOTH humans and nonhuman animals, like this donkey; He “opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” I’m a humbled artist and animal welfare advocate (BOTH) “living out loud” for Jesus. I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and Humbled Name of Jesus Christ, the Name above every other name, including my own name. This prayer is answered by my faith and my belief. Please help me, Father God, where my faith and my belief are lacking. Amen.”

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope [BOTH] in humbled ‘living out loud,’ because proud ain’t living out loud, this daily leavened bread.”)

Your successes? Proud ain’t living out loud.

Your achievements? Humble these loud and clear.

God BE how your successes are soft cloud.

God BE how your achievements are hushed cheer.

My successes? Proud ain’t living out loud.

My achievements? Humble these quiet tones.

God BE how my successes are weak plowed.

God BE how my achievements are light stones.

“Proud ain’t living out loud. Humbled? That’s ME,”

says Jesus. “The humbled live as I Live.

Proud is harsh outrage. Humbled? Quietly.

Proud is hard anger. Humbled? Soft forgive.”

The humbled will have their every knee bowed,

lived out loud, but proud ain’t living out loud.

(picture by photographer, Spencer Watson, available for free without copyright laws at https://unsplash.com/photos/dm5QuhX8aY4)

2 thoughts on “PROUD AIN’T LIVING OUT LOUD

  1. That’s very much how I was raised. Nothing flashy, just a humble existence. Proud is not living out loud, it’s appreciating within oneself quietly.

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  2. Sometimes, I’m not sure how I was raised; it seems I blocked a large portion of it out. But I think it was all about hiding my true feelings and not expressing myself as the unique individual that God made me to BE. “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well” (Psalm 139-14:6). If that’s not God speaking to me and all of us (BOTH) that I am and we are unique (BOTH) and I and we (BOTH) need not live out loud to be proud but stay humble about that BOTH, I don’t know what BOTH is, Dag?😉

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