Humility

I started thinking a lot about humility.

When thinking about it I told myself, “I think you are humble.”

And with that statement, I realized I am not.

 

C.S Lewis does a great job explaining humility with this quote,

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.

Lewis does a great job explaining the importance of remembering who you are.

You are a child of God. You have been blessed with many gifts.

So don’t think less of yourself, but start letting go of self.

If you are like me you may have some trouble spotting signs of a lack of humility.

In his book Furrow, St. Josemaria Escriva gives some examples:

Allow me to remind you that among other evident signs of a lack of humility are:

—Thinking that what you do or say is better than what others do or say;

—Always wanting to get your own way;

—Arguing when you are not right or — when you are — insisting stubbornly or with bad manners;

—Giving your opinion without being asked for it, when charity does not demand you to do so;

—Despising the point of view of others;

—Not being aware that all the gifts and qualities you have are on loan;

—Not acknowledging that you are unworthy of all honour or esteem, even the ground you are treading on or the things you own;

—Mentioning yourself as an example in conversation;

—Speaking badly about yourself, so that they may form a good opinion of you, or contradict you;

—Making excuses when rebuked;

—Hiding some humiliating faults from your director, so that he may not lose the good opinion he has of you;

—Hearing praise with satisfaction, or being glad that others have spoken well of you;

—Being hurt that others are held in greater esteem than you;

—Refusing to carry out menial tasks;

—Seeking or wanting to be singled out;

—Letting drop words of self-praise in conversation, or words that might show your honesty, your wit or skill, your professional prestige…;

—Being ashamed of not having certain possessions…

Friends, I encourage you today to humble yourself. Our Lord showed us the importance of humility as He washed the feet of the disciples.

Allow yourself to forget yourself and you will see the world  much clearer.

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