Sometimes I just need to turn off the TV and stop watching the news because my head feels like it’s going to explode. I don’t understand arrogance nor ignorance and wonder where can a sense of humility be seen these days? As a Christian, I strongly believe humility actually matters. In scripture humility is identified as part of our daily wardrobe. According to Wikipedia the definition of humility is: the quality of being modest, reverential, even politely submissive, and never being arrogant, contemptuous, rude or even self-abasing. Probably not surprising the opposite of humility is pride. In the Hebrew and Greek – humility means low or lowliness.  It is way of acting toward God and one another. Humility is not merely an attitude – it is a character trait.  I’ll suggest humility is always visible in what we do, in how we live our lives. As a Christian here is why humility matters.  Humility forces you to realize you don’t have total control. It makes you listen better to others. It keeps you from being judgmental toward others. It helps with asking for forgiveness. Humility reminds us of the importance of being grateful and thankful. It equips us to act for all the right reasons and humility brings the possibility of peace into life. Humility ushers in the probability of God’s realm in the here and now. Rick Warren in his popular book, The Purpose Drive Life, writes, “This is true humility: not thinking less of ourselves but thinking more of ourselves less.  It’s when we stop focusing on our own needs, and we become more aware of the needs around us…You can’t be a servant if you’re full of yourself.” I don’t want to change my expectation on what makes for good leaders nor do I want to give into the “worse practices.”  I’m going to believe there is a better way- and the more excellent path includes humility.

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:5
“In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders, and all of you must clothe yourself with humility in your dealings with one another, for God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Reflection Questions:
What makes for a good leader?
Why do you think humility matters?
What else is included in living a better way?

Prayer: Holy God, let me breathe in your Spirit so I can live as you desire and follow the path of excellence. Amen.

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