Humility. What it isn't.
Humility. What is it? Webster's defines humility as freedom from pride or arrogance. Maybe it should really be 'what it isn't'. We know from the definition that humility is directly related to freedom from something. Humility is the direct opposite of the characteristics that are less than appealing. Arrogance, pridefulness, boastfulness and vanity. The me, me, me; it's all about me attitude that we can sometimes project. Having an overly inflated sense of self worth is the definition of prideful arrogance. Making sure that everyone else knows that you are the best and definitely of superior quality is a description of prideful arrogance. Humility is about being the bigger person. Not because you think you're better, but because you can see the potential and possibilities in another persons point of view. Going halfway in order to meet someone where they are in life, instead of insisting that they meet you where you are (or in this case where you think you are). Believing in the possibility that someone else could be right. Right in their perspective, right for the assignment, right in their perception of you. (Oh the possibilities.) Being bold isn't the same as arrogantly opinionated. Being assertive isn't the same as being aggressive. Being meek isn't the same as being weak. Being skilled and good at something isn't the same as projecting superior pride and arrogance. Humility includes believing in the people you have surrounding you in life. Being thoughtful when you receive a criticism or critique. Being able to ask for forgiveness quickly when you're in the wrong. Being humble is about believing in your own potential and possibilities without being arrogant and boastfully superior about it. Being humble is not a 'less than' outlook either. Self deprecation is on the same scale as pride, just on the opposite end. We all have potential and possibilities for our lives. Project compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, and discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Humility is a display of love. Wear love. Your basic all purpose garment. Every day. Put it on first. Colossians 3:12-14 MSG "So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it."