I’ve been reading about humility this week, which is a virtue I need and a whole lot of people in this world could use more of. Whenever I start to think everyone should take “my way or the highway,” a nice slice of humble pie quickly cures that stinkin’ thinkin’ real quick.
We might think of humility as a form of weakness, but it is actually the very opposite. Humility is a perfect cure for pride. Pride shows up in a lot of different ways, like criticism, competition, stubbornness, and superficiality. But the problem with pride is it’s self-deceiving. Everybody can see it in us except us. When you have a problem with pride, you conveniently avoid seeing it in your own life.
Everyone, from those in power to the bottom, can be affected by pride and in need of a cure. So how do you start to think in a different way? The basic law of relationships is this: You tend to become like the people you spend time with. If you spend time with grumpy people, you get grumpier. If you spend time with happy people, you get happier. If you want to have more humility, spend more time with Jesus. He is humble, and as you get to know him, you’ll become more like him.
No one has done anything more humble than Jesus, coming from Heaven to Earth to become a man, live for us, give his life for us, and be resurrected for us. When you spend time around him, it makes you more humble, and that builds your relationships. This is the kind of pie I need in my diet every single day!
Phillippians 2:3 “Be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves.”