We are not talking about the book, mythological or actual, “Humility and How I attained it.”
It is not something that I have arrived at and now “I will instruct you,” but I am on a journey.
Rather than arrive, I embrace the idea and the reason for humility.
Humility is not; walking around with our heads hanging down having an Eeyore kind of attitude, “It really doesn’t matter anyway.” It’s not about being poor; it’s not about being the last or least although when confronted, with these things, it will show up.
Humility is not about discrediting yourself or your abilities. It is not about pretending or being glum. It’s not about a comparison with anyone (human) else.
I believe that humility is a wide-eyed, open understanding of who you are in light of who Christ is. All my learning, understanding, wisdom, and talents are laid open before God. Then I see him in all of his glory, or all the glory I can perceive and the result is humility.
If I compare myself with you I might even get to look good, (usually in my own eyes) but when I compare myself with Christ, I am at best, a work in progress.
Jesus, the only one qualified to have a reputation, took none. We, who are unqualified, try to get a reputation.
Jesus humbled himself. (Philippians 2). We who are unqualified should have the same mindset and do the same.
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