“Humility looks a whole lot like needing the mercy of God” Heather Renshaw
Humility is one of my more desired, sought after, yearned for traits. My mind constantly returns to the idea of this. I have a longing to live out this immensely important virtue, but knowing that I fall short; a lot, in fact. Recent Sunday readings at church, and conversations I have been having with people, has encouraged me to dive a little deeper into this idea of humility. And let me tell you, it was a lot bigger of an idea than I had anticipated.
I know, in my humanness, I am not alone in this yearning for humility, nor of the awareness of constantly falling short of it. Let’s face it, we are all sinners and we will always fall short of living out every good virtue perfectly. I mean, we like to be right. We like to feel we are important to others. We like praise and honor. We like the approval of others. Wow, as I’m writing this out, it hits me–I have been trying to live out about half of these in the last 2 hours. See, this idea of humility is hard, challenging, and, again, a lot bigger of an idea than I had anticipated.
In her article, Choking Down Some Humble Pie, Heather Renshaw talks about what humility looks like to her and what it means, and doesn’t mean, when you are praying for humility.
“It’s important to understand that humility and humiliation aren’t the same things. Humility is a desirable virtue that predisposes me to holiness. Praying for humility isn’t asking God to embarrass or dismiss me. Praying for humility is seeking to know the truth of who I am, the truth of Who God is, and the grace to accept these truths. Specifically: I am not God. I need God. I need to be saved. Everything I have, and everything I am comes from God. He alone is the Source.”
I love the way she simplifies this overwhelming idea of humility in which I was finding difficult to grasp. “Praying for humility is seeking to know the truth of who I am, the truth of Who God is, and the grace to accept these truths…” Wow. What a prayer, right? This is something I want to try and pray every day because I know how in need of this that I am. I hope you can join me in these prayers as well.
The Lord is a role model many, many, many times throughout the Bible, exemplifying humility itself. He wants us to seek, find, and live out humility every day. A couple examples include:
“My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God” Sirach 3:17-18 NAB
“…For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted” Luke 14:11 NAB
So what are some ways you can start practicing humility in ways you never have before? What are some of those barriers or roadblocks that hold you back from living out humility to the fullest? What can your prayers look like today that will bring you into deeper desires for humbling yourself before the Lord and here on earth?
“When I grow in humility, I can recognize the truth: that I am a uniquely loved and unrepeatable child of the Most High God with gifts and talents meant to glorify Him. He alone provides everything I need.” Heather Renshaw
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