I'm glad you're here. Please share your thoughts, wisdom, and insights . . . leave a comment.
3 Steps to Genuine Humility
Within most religious communities (regardless of denomination or creed) humility is considered a virtue; outside many label it a weakness. After-all “if you don’t look out for number one no one less will.”
To truly understand humility, we need to begin by looking at pride. I believe the following statement is the best definition of pride:
Pride is the cultivation, preservation or exalting of self. ~Bob Krepps
Pride is not feeling joy over an accomplishment, ability, or blessing. Pride is the belief that you deserve, have earned, or have the right to praise and/or preferential treatment because of them.
C.S. Lewis wrote: “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man… It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone.”
Which leads to what I believe is an excellent definition of humility:
Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. ~Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life
And William Temple, Bishop of Manchester wrote: Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all.
Genuine humility is not putting yourself down. I believe with genuine humility we put “self” in perspective by applying the following three truths.
3 Steps to Genuine Humility
1. Praise and thank God for every accomplishment, ability, and blessing. – Recognize that everything is a gift. Everything! Each talent, gift, possession, and relationship is a blessing from the hand of a loving God.
2. Always do your best. You are only a steward (manager) of each gift you’ve been given. – Excellence is an important part of humility. Everything is used and every effort made to glorify God as a humble act of gratitude and praise.
3. Use your gifts to serve others. – God gives time, health, wealth, abilities, and talents so they can be used to glorify Him and benefit others. Those with genuine humility use their gifts to serve and bless others.
Let’s look at a few Scripture verses that talk about humility:
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Colossians 3:12-13 (NLT)
If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. James 3:13 & 17
When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves. Philippians 2:3 (NCV)
Father, Forgive us. We are by nature selfish and filled with pride. May we thank and praise You for every blessing. May we use each gift in ways that glorify You. Please help us to use our time, health, wealth, and abilities to serve others. Father, help us to realize the joy found in genuine humility. Thank you for Jesus, who showed us and taught us the truth about humility. It is in His name we pray. Amen.