- Rick Hoppe
Do You Seek Humility?
I was blown away by this quote on humility by author and historian John Dickson in his book Humilitas:
"Humility is the noble choice to forego your status, deploy your resources, or use your influence for the good of others before yourself."
What a spectacular quote. Observe history and you will find that the most influential and most inspiring people are often marked by humility. Conversely, Peter said, "God opposes the proud" (1 Pet. 5:5). Our constant enemy is ego, and humility should be our continual friend.
Humility doesn't mean humiliation, self-deprecation, or low views of oneself. Having strong opinions doesn't have to hinder humility either. Proverbs 11:2 says, "[With] the humble is wisdom." The Devil, Pharaoh, and Nebuchadnezzar are all examples of how pride ends in a train wreck. But, Peter wisely states that although God opposes the proud, He "gives grace to the humble" (1 Pet. 5:5). Pride is my constant enemy, and humility is a never-ending pursuit. How about you? Are you seeking humility?
If you are, don't chase the characteristics of humility more than you pursue Christ. He is the prize and the Giver of character. Don't wait to "feel" spiritual or hide your gifts. If you're a great artist, draw for God. If you're a great singer, writer, farmer, or athlete, use your gift with all His might. Practice and shine your talents, then give God the glory. The humble person doesn't overestimate his gifts, nor does he underestimate them and crawl in a hole. The humble person loves Jesus and is marked by a willingness to hold power in service to others. Isn't that what Jesus did? The God of the universe, the most influential person to ever live, put on the apron of a slave and washed the feet of His disciples. Jesus used his power to serve. He is the ultimate example of choosing to forego His status, deploy His resources, and use His influence for the good of others before Himself. Let's do the same and be like Jesus.
I hope you enjoyed today's message on humility. In humility, I use my gifts to partner with parents to encourage and train kids and teens, spiritually, emotionally, mentally, academically, and athletically in order to help them develop the strengths and champion in their life. If you would like more information about how I might help your teen athlete or how life coaching works, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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