What does it mean to be humble? This is a word I have read a lot about, mostly in the bible and I have come to learn that humility is not something that comes natural. It is something we should desire, just like wisdom but not something we are expected to know on our own. The reason I say this is because so often we are taught differently. Women are taught to be independent and know how to take care of themselves. Men are taught to be the breadwinner and provide for his family. Having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance is a direct contradiction to what has just been described. Or is it? Do you believe it is possible to be humble, yet still take care of business at the same time? People who aren’t humble are prideful. Pride in my opinion is another form of insecurity. It’s a mask people tend to hide behind when they can’t handle their reality or as I like to call it, the truth. They are constantly talking about themselves, bragging and often considered to be conceited and stuck-up. I’ve been around people who are like this and in spite of all they have accomplished, their personality seems to make me think very little of them. I am a person who feels like your deeds and actions should speak for themselves. You should not think it is necessary to tell people your list of accomplishments when they first meet you. I applaud hard work and strongly believe that it will be rewarded in the end, but let your reward speak for you. Once you talk about it all the time and feel the need to tell everyone, I begin to question your motive behind it all in the first place. Were you only doing it so you would have something to boast about? If that’s the case, all of what you are talking about will be very short-lived.
To be humble is something that requires effort. You have to make a decision to not get the “big head”. Decide that you will work hard, you will succeed, but you will never forget where you came from. I always say no matter what new endeavor you pursue, never despise small beginnings. If you start small, it will be a constant reminder of where you came from and how far this journey has brought you. Not only that, it will show you just how far you can still go. When you are humble, you have an innate ability to always strive for greatness, which leads me to believe that continued success is inevitable.
The true and undying power of mankind, that’s you and me, is found in submission. Submission to who you might ask? Submission to God. No matter what your social status, pay grade, or job title you must always be willing to submit yourself to the will of God for your life. You should wake up every morning asking God what His will is. Many times we tell God what we want to do and that is backwards. Before Jesus went to the cross, He prayed and said not my will God but Your will be done. He humbled Himself to the will of the Father for us. In His short 33 years of walking this earth Jesus was the ultimate example of what it means to be humble. Allow our Lord and Savior to be your guide as you live a life of humility. Please do not misunderstand what I am saying. I truly, truly, truly believe that hard work deserves acknowledgement but don’t do it for the acknowledgement. Examine your motives. Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. It is a character trait we must make a decision to have. #iDeclare #humility
Heavenly Father, thank you God for this day. Please God help me to be humble myself every day. Forgive me for times when I have operated in a prideful spirit. I decree and declare that humility will be a part of my character for the rest of my life. My boast will be in Jesus Christ alone. Thank you Jesus for being the ultimate example. In Jesus name, Amen.
Proverbs 11:2 NIV “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
Luke 14:11 NLT “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
James 4:10 NLT “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.”