Humility is often seen as a weak and wimpy character trait.
But in my opinion, it's one of the most powerful, godly traits we can have.
Humility is, at its root, truly understanding our utter need and dependence on God.
When we do, we realize we never have a reason to think of ourselves as better than someone else.
We know that all that we have and all that we are is due to God's grace in our lives,
not because of some worthiness on our part.
Humility is something we choose, not something we ask God for.
So humility is the opposite of self-promotion,
it's trusting God to promote you if and when it's His time.
Wow, that's convicting me even as I type the words,
because the world tells us we must promote ourselves and build our platform if we want to succeed.
Yet, in God's upside down kingdom, we go lower to get higher.
I sure want to God to lead me in the right way, in His way.
Yet too often, I choose the way of pride and refuse to be easily led.
Like a toddler I say, "I'll do it myself", in essence wanting to go my own way instead of His.
Humility lets God lead.
I don't think we can just make a one time lifetime decision and declare, "I choose to be humble!",
and think that's all there is to it.
I think humility is a moment by moment choice in various situations and circumstances in life.
-I chose to focus on this person instead of drawing attention to myself.
-I chose to congratulate someone when they are getting the promotion I wish I had.
-I chose to serve when I'd rather be served.
-I chose to listen when I'd rather give my opinion.
-I chose to give when I'd rather spend on myself.
-I choose God's way even when it's not convenient or isn't popular with others.
I have so much to learn and so much room to grow when it comes to choosing humility in my own life,
but it's never too late to start, right in this moment, and the next, and the next, and the next.
Also happily linking up with the lovely Lisha Epperson.