Is this saying familiar to you?
“Humility is a strange thing. The minute you think you’ve got it, you’ve lost it. (E.D. Hulse)
I’ve heard it more times than I can count, and every time, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. In essence, this quote says that humility is a lack of self-awareness. A truly humble person cannot recognize his or her own character development.
Frankly, I think that’s nonsense, because self-awareness is not selfish ambition, conceit, refusal to sacrifice, or a desperate attempt to grasp equality with God. Self-awareness, simply put, is “conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires.” (Thanks, Google.)
That’s it. Self-awareness is knowledge. Self-awareness is knowing what you want and need; what you’re good at and what you need to work on. Self-awareness will give you confidence to interview like a rock star, and it’ll have you on your knees in tears because it smacks you in the face with the gravity of your sin. Humility may defy your feelings, motives, and desires, but it is not the absence of the knowledge of those things. And, friends, I’m pretty certain that true humility — bowing low to the ground before your God, and to wash the feet of others — is an action that leads to a radically abundant life, because it totally transforms your feelings, motives, desires, and character.
As I walk into 2019, I’m going to be exploring humility more. It’s actually my word for the year. And I’d love for you to join me, simply by reading this blog to see what the Lord is teaching me — and by sharing in a comment what the Lord is speaking to you. I love when we’re able to have discussions about the ways the Lord is leading and transforming us, because it’s a beautiful reminder that we’re not running this race alone!
Thanks for stopping by today, friend! ❤
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