Humility

Humility is the quality or condition of being humble. One who is humble is modest, unpretentious, unassuming and submissive.

The humble man does not think grand things of himself that exalt him above others. It is not a feeling that he is undeserving, but it is a quality that a leader must have to lift up the weight of the people. The power of strength is in placing it under the weight. The leader cannot pull the people from above. The leader must get under and lift them up.

The idea of Humility is that it is the opposite of pride. We must all, particularly those who are leaders, become more and more humble.

Humility is like underwear, essential, but indecent if it shows.

Let us ask four questions about humility – “what”, “where”, “why” and “how”?

(a) WHAT IS HUMILITY?

(b) WHERE ARE WE TO BE HUMBLE?

(c) WHY ARE WE TO BE HUMBLE?

(d) HOW ARE WE TO BE HUMBLE?

When you are tempted to congratulate yourself for all your giftedness or goodness, remember that your gifts and your goodness come from God, and be humble.

Let us pray (in the words of Thomas Merton); “Lord, give us humility in which alone is rest, and deliver us from pride which is the heaviest of burdens”.

 

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