There are many things that I would like to change about myself. I would love to be five-and-a-half inches taller. I was always last, or second last, in our school races back in primary school. I was among the bottom of the class academically. That meant that I was put in the slower steam in secondary school. I struggled to be good at sports, but ended up being quite good at rugby in my last couple of years. I had to repeat my leaving-cert to get into college (largely because after doing well in my inter-cert I gave up making an effort). In college I aimed for a 2:1 (in order to prove that I was smart) but fell short of it. Now I struggle with O.C.D. (which can be humiliating as you try to explain to people the nature of the intrusive thoughts).
I am not denying that there are things that I am good at but God has given to me many things that should help make me humble (I say 'make me humble' rather than 'keep me humble' because even with my limited successes and gifts I have often fallen into the trap of pride). While I may be to blame for some of the things I would like to change I do believe that it pleases God at times to thwart our ambitions and limit our abilities because he is more committed to our humility than our worldly success.
But do we communicate this truth to those in our churches? Do we encourage godliness with contentment in the face of our human weaknesses and struggles? Can we thank God for our weaknesses as well as our strengths? Do our young people realise that it might not be God's plan for them to get all that they aim for? Or, do we exalt the more obviously gifted? Do people feel the need to appear strong in at our gatherings? Do we rate people's worth by their worldly success?
Remember God is more committed to our humility than our success!