As I continue to explore the notion of servant leadership, I discovered the second core quality is humility. Webster’s Dictionary defines “humility” as “the state or quality of being humble; freedom from pride and arrogance; lowliness of mind; a modest estimate of one’s own worth, a sense of one’s own unworthiness through imperfection and sinfulness, self-abasement; humbleness.” Another definition says it this way: “Humility is defined as keeping one’s own accomplishments and talents in perspective, focusing on others rather than being self-focused.” After reading the following thought…“people who lead with humility will always have their absence noticed,” I sat quietly in my thinking chair to reflect on the observation.  Do I really notice humility in the leaders I most respect? I then wondered about myself and how often I trended not toward humility but rather toward the prideful side of the spectrum, dismissing the voices of others. It took a long time for me to realize what is so obvious. I don’t know everything and I need to continue building into my space the opportunity to learn and grow from the experiences, opinions, insight and knowledge of others. The truth is, often they actually have better ideas than I do or a perspective that I do not. Humility encourages me to widen and depend on my view of God’s realm and God’s amazing grace.

Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:8
“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.”

Reflection Questions:
Who do you know who embodies humility in their leadership?
How are you building space to experience God’s presence in your life?
How does humility deepen your understanding of God?

Prayer: Holy God, you invite me to clothe myself with faithfulness. Fill me with humility so I can listen well to the voices of others and experience the mystery of your presence and follow your wonderful way. Amen.