Humility is an antidote to so many of our problems in life.
It is the enemy to pride, which causes us so much internal pain.
Pride leads us to be ever fearful. Pride causes us to constantly watch how we are perceived. It prevents us from loving others selflessly. Pride is a telescope pointed at oneself.
Christ shows us that humility is the answer to following in His footsteps.
As He washes the apostles feet, He models humility for us.
It takes a minute for me to wrap my head around. God Himself, washing the feet of humanity.
There is so much love in that thought it hurts.
Tackling pride in a world that constantly tells us to watch our backs is extremely difficult. From the time we are in elementary school we are told that success in school, life, relationships makes us great. We become so afraid of not achieving success and finding stability that we fear so much. This fear morphs into pride rapidly and instead of washing the feet of our neighbor we commit our eyes to only staring at our own feet.
Humility is hard. To be humble is to be a disciple of Christ. There are many ways in which we can go against the tide and find true humility.
1.We can let it go. Any grudges or resentment from the past we can choose to release it to the foot of the cross. Humble yourself in accepting what has happened and choosing love and not resentment. Your focus on your self is just like adding salt to a wound. Give it up to God and choose to live with a selfless joy.
2.Do the small things. Help around the house. Help a friend with something that may be tedious. Don’t think you are above the small tasks of life. Choose to take time out of your schedule to help someone out, even if it is just for a moment.
3.Live with joy. There is a humility found deep within joy. When we are joyful we are filled with a deep trust that God is who He says He is. Though we are small and powerless, through Him all shall be well. Live with joy and prove your trust in Him. Trust that He is God and you are not.
Humility hurts because there is a dying to oneself.
Out with the old and in with the new.
A new self who chooses to follow in the footsteps of Christ.