I was reminded the other day of a quote from C.S. Lewis. (I’m a bit worried about why this person reminded me of it but I’m pretty sure it was nothing personal, although part of me still wonders.) Lewis said: “True humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.” I’ve been tarrying with humility. I think it’s because I am so aware of a few dear friends who embody what humility means to me even as they deal with difficulty in their lives. Who they are matters little to you because what’s more important is for you to identify your RuthAnns and Jims. Here is what humility does. It enhances relationships by helping individuals treat others more respectfully. This builds better relationships—in all aspects of daily life. If individuals don’t need to focus on being the center of attention, they invite others to step into the spotlight. This makes them better people and more supportive team members, friends or family members. Humility leaves people open to learning. If one doesn’t value his or hers own opinion above all others, she or he is more willing to hear new and different ideas. I also discovered a study by the University of Maine, where the researchers found “humility was the most strongly linked (personality trait) with helpfulness.” The study found humility didn’t just make people more helpful, but also ensured they enjoyed better relationships. Humility helped in becoming more grateful and generous and made a positive impact on one’s work ethic. Humility forces you to listen better and keeps you from being judgmental toward others.
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:2-3
“with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Why does humility matter?
When you embody humility, how do others respond?
What efforts are you making to be more patient?
Prayer: Holy God, with deep gratitude I give thanks for the many special people who have journeyed with me throughout my days. Fill me with humility, so I can be a blessing to others. Amen