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What virtue is impossible
to have if you know you have it? If you have it, and know it, you don't
have it. If you work towards it, and finally achieve it, you'll become
proud of it and lose it. Give up?
The answer is humility. It
is as slippery as black ice, it is as difficult to define as it is to achieve.
What is humility?
John never boasts, he doesn't
think much of himself. He is afraid to assert himself, thinking others
will discover his lack of worth. John is a "wall flower" at every
party and a "doormat" in every relationship.
Mary is as subtle as a neon
sign. She walks into a room announcing her presence with her boisterous
gate. Her favorite subject . . . herself.
Who demonstrates more humility,
Mary or John? Answer, neither. They both are self consumed. They both view
other people as the support cast and themselves the primary actor in life's
A humble person puts the
spotlight on God and sees herself as a support for others. She is a giving,
loving, caring person.
Jesus demonstrated a good
working definition of humility in Matthew 11:29 "Take My yoke upon
you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall
find rest for your souls. Notice that He sees Himself in the role of helper.
He helps others find rest. His humility does not turn Him into a "doormat."
He said "learn from Me." Jesus was confident in what He could
do and secure in who He was.