“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”
“When we become aware of our humility, we’ve lost it.”
Someone once said that the paradox of humility is that if we think we have it, we don’t. If we think we don’t have a problem with pride, we do.
I’m writing about humility not because I’m a humble person, but because I know I need to work on it. If there’s one New Year’s resolution that I need to work on daily, it’s to learn how to live a humble life. To do this is not easy, but if I focus on Jesus Christ, the most humble person who came on this face of earth, perhaps it’s possible. He’s a King, yet wasn’t ashamed to wash others’ feet; Who chose to be born on a humble stable when He could have chosen the most expensive and plushest hotel; Who willingly died on the cross and be publicly mocked and wrongfully accused, out of His love for mankind. Though rich, He became poor so we can be rich in His love, and died so we can all live.
In a book, “Choices That Change Lives” by Hal Urban, there are four things that humble people consistently do:
1. Humble people are respectful of others.
2. Humble people are thankful.
3. Humble people are genuine or real.
4. Humble people want to learn and become better.
Pride caused Lucifer’s downfall. Pride or self-centeredness caused Adam and Eve to lose their place in a Paradise garden, that affected the fate of mankind. Pride or ego caused breakdown of relationships, war among nations, world chaos and unsatisfied life.
But to learn to be humble is a virtue. It is not an easy thing but I believe can be done. Indeed, life is a long lesson in humility.
Our Lord in Heaven, we humbly submit to You for Who You are , our Sovereign, Mighty, Merciful and loving God Who loves us for who we are, with all our flaws . Lord, help us to daily live a self-effacing, unassuming life that focus on You . Help us to remember that to obey and trust You is our first lesson in humility. In Jesus name, Amen.
Thank you all for your encouragements and lovely comments. Yes,trying to be humble is one of the greatest challenges of Christians and non-Christians alike. One of these days, I would like to "expand" on this more based on my life experiences as this is one of my greatest struggles. Deline, thanks for those suggestions on how to write better. I know one of the lessons in humility is accepting the fact that we don't know everything, and is someone else is better than us..that's how we grow. THanks so much. God bless,
Hi Gloria, thanks for this article. Yes, we all need to work on humility, that we can be more and more like Jesus everyday.
As I read this article, I found that you can work more on it if you expand your writing with more punchy solid statements about humility.
The article is between a devotional piece and a piece which can be a publishable piece. Yes, there is potential in this piece to be written in such a way that every sentence you made gave the readers a real solid punch as to what you were saying about humility.
As you have the facts, work on them further. Let each sentence that you made be substantiated with real life examples. You can draw on your daily experiences and share your story, by not making it sound devotional, but rather write in such a way that you know your facts are true and you know what you are talking about; helping readers understand what humility is all about. They can learn from your writing what it means to be humble through the stories that you told.
Writing a publishable piece is not that difficult if your writing has a beginning, the body and the end.
For the beginning, capture the readers by a strong statement as to what humility is, then work to expand your idea in the body, of which you can flow with what you've already said about humility with your examples, and finally you can end with a reflective thought on what humility can do to help readers who desire this humble quality.
If you write with this three parts in mind, you can easily flow with a publishable piece.
Amen! Humility is something we need to pray for no matter how far we've come in Christ... always. I pray with you and agree with you in prayer wholeheartedly. Let it be done, according to His Word, in Jesus' beautiful name. And amen!
Powerful anointed piece on humility,beautifully written.
May our hearts continue to be ever focused on the Cross and our Almighty God!The more we get to know Him the bigger He Gets and the smaller the "I" in us becomes!
In Christ we can do all things!
Thanks for sharing your heart so beautifully,Sis!
With Jesus Love,