On Humility

This week’s study focus in Harnish’s Living With the Mind of Christ is about humility, and … that just hits home with me. Harnish discusses the subject in a number of ways, things that I’m still unpacking at this point and hope to make time to write about later this week. The key thing that he noted, though, is that true humility is neither being a dormat nor a license for an inferiority complex writ large, but rather is a focused attitude that is mindful of the fact that none of us is any better than the rest of us.

I’m sure that the ideal of humility is one to which we can all aspire, but for practical purposes, I think we largely suck at it. Yes, that’s why we have grace, but boy, is this ever something that we should press toward.

More when I’ve unpacked this some more.

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  1. Whenever I think of humility, I am reminded of a poignant quote by C.S. Lewis, one of my favorite authors. It is, as follows:

    Do no imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call ‘humble’ nowadays; he will not be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who is always telling you that, of course, he is nobody. Probably all that you will think of him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what YOU said to HIM. If you do dislike him it will be because you feel a little envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all.

    I love the last line. A person totally focused on others.

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