Humility is the root, mother, nurse, foundation, and bond of all virtue. Chysotom
Without humility there can be no humanity. John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir
Humility leads to the highest distinction, because it leads to self-improvement. Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie
Humility is a great virtue. In many places it is in short supply. To display humility is often considered weak. If anything, it is the opposite. A humble person is often a person who is very secure. They do not have an ego to feed, are not conceited, self-centered or selfish and are free from the need to be the center of attention. They are a person of character and are free to be themselves. They have a sense of freedom that many do not have.
Many of us need others to notice us, brag on us and tell us how ‘cool’ we are. Much of this comes from a sense of insecurity with who and what we are. We do not like ourselves and sometimes cannot stand ourselves. The insecure have a great need to have others validate them because they are unable to do so for themselves. They often have a sense of false pride, thinking or kidding themselves as to how great and admired they are. Too many of us have a problem with self-esteem, self-love, and self-respect.
True humility is not the same as timidity, bashfulness, or being backward or socially insecure. Humility of character is a quality that expresses itself in modesty and manner. Humble people do not need to boast or exalt themselves. They do not have to because they have a sense of security that allows them to be at peace. It is not that they think themselves to be any better than anyone else; it is that they have accepted themselves for who they are. They are not egotistical or conceited because they recognize their shortcomings and weaknesses and admit to them. They practice self-honesty and do not have to try to appear to be something they are not.
There is a correlation between humility and personal growth and development. In order to become the best version of ourselves, we have to become humble to do so. We have to get to know ourselves openly and honestly; being able to objectively look at ourselves in the mirror. It is when we can begin to do this that we can start making significant strides in overcoming our shortcomings and weaknesses. We can love and accept ourselves for who we are and with all our baggage. It is liberating. It is a sincere compliment for someone to describe us as a person of humility.
Challenge: Do you consider humility to be strength or weakness? Your answer reveals much about who you are. Does having more humility appeal to you? If you desire becoming a better person, make a commitment to become more humble in your daily life. Let others compete for the limelight and the attention. Be secure in who you are. The more you honestly admit to having weaknesses and shortcomings your humility will grow.
Wisdom: I believe the first test of a truly great man is humility. John Ruskin
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
We will grow in our humility as we walk closer and closer with God. We grow in our spirituality as we grow in our humility. He gives us all the security and confidence we seek. We no longer need to seek approval from others and no longer need to be verified by others. Having a “right” relationship with God make us “Secure”. No longer do we need to worry, hide, lie or have fear. As we grow in humility we also learn to be thankful.
Prayer: Help me to grow in humility on a day by day basis. Help me to become what you want me to be.