Reflecting on the importance of approaching life with a spirit of Humility You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13 NIV
Once in a while, it is important to reflect on the importance of humility. Approaching life with a spirit of humility brings you closer to those around you and with God, who appreciates and exalts humbleness from his children.
Recently, I have been doing my daily devotional on humility, and I love this simple definition –“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” C.S. Lewis
A prideful heart cannot serve God because you cannot look down on others and up to God at the same time. Pride makes you exalt yourself above others, and even belittle them. His commandment says love your neighbor as yourself
“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.” C.S. Lewis – Mere Christianity
Stop and simply ask God to help you live a humble life – “Heavenly father humble me”
Reflect: What (feelings of) pride are you experiencing at this moment?
Consider how easily you talk about yourself?
Do you often think you’re better than others or are supposed to have accomplished more – There is a small difference between ambition and being prideful when experiencing such feelings. Pray that God will give us the wisdom to discern between moderate or harmless ambition and pride.
Humility: Breathing Exercise
Take a slow, deep belly breath and ask your heavenly father to humble you
Be aware of each breath and allow it to remind you how little control you have. Each unique breath is given by God
The greatest among you will be your servant (Matthew 26:11)
People who lift themselves up be humble and people who humble themselves shall be lifted up (Matthew 23:12)
Refection: How did God Challenge in that reading
I was challenged by his unique approach to life, and greatness. In order for me to become a leader I must be willing to serve, to have a servant’s heart.
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. John 13:14 NIV
How to Live a Humble Life: By Mother Theresa (The Joy in loving)
- Speak as little as possible of yourself
- Mind your own business and not other people’s affairs
- Accept corrections, insults, injuries cheerfully
- Accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked
- Pass over the mistakes of others
- Be kind and gentle even under propagation
- Always choose the hard part
In conclusion, remember that we are God’s children, and his delight is for us to love, encourage, and admonish one another as we wait for the coming of Christ. Having a spirit of humility is important as well as striving for a successful life under God’s guidance. Let’s pray that God will teach how to balance ambition and spiritual growth as children of God. Remember that it is a process or marathon, and not a quick fix or sprint
Thank you for reading. This was inspired by Drew Dickens, the founder of ‘Encounter’. May God guide us in our journey of living a humble lifestyle, and loving others as we love ourselves. Stay Blessed Always!