I think as this year has rolled on, I have grown in my knowledge and in my skills, giving me more confidence that I know what I'm doing, and making me more bold in making suggestions and giving directions - helpful things when students need training, guidance, or a challenge to their thinking.
In the last few weeks, however, I have felt convicted that perhaps I have become too confident and assertive, and lost some humility in the process. I saw myself being impatient for little reason, ranting without listening, and challenging others without challenging myself. It didn't help that I was feeling tired from the sustained intensity of the semester. In God's kindness he made me aware of some of the unhelpful patterns I had begun, and I began to ask others to pray for God's Spirit to transform my character to be more like Christ's.
God has been answering those prayers. One way he's been doing it has been through the scriptures I've been reading, particularly in the book of Philippians. Another way he's been answering those prayers has been by surrounding me with staff and students who model godly relationships.
One person I work closely with is a great encouragement to me in their constant joyfulness, whether things are going well or badly by worldly standards. They live out Philippians 4:4. Another has great wisdom, part of which is to always listen before speaking. They show me the value of quietness and gentleness, and they consider others better than themselves. Another is always constant in prayer, living out Philippians 4:6. One person is rock-solid in their genuine commitment to those around them and shows me how to build relationships of deep trust.
All these people, and others, together are spurring me on to have the attitude of Christ Jesus - who didn't grasp equality with God, but humbled himself even to death on a cross (Philippians 2). God raised him from the dead, and he is the reason why I can grow to walk in humility, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and joy.