March 21, 2016 | 12:26 pm
Posted by Rev. Michael Bos

Rethinking Humility

“What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.” Oscar Levant “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 I’ve always struggled with what it means to be humble. Is it the same as being modest? Is it downgrading our thinking about ourselves because we’re not as great as we think? Is it the absence of pride? Is it more about how we think about ourselves or how we present ourselves to others? As I’ve been pondering this passage from Philippians, I had a thought about what humility really is. Let me try it and see what you think. Humility isn’t about reducing our opinion of ourselves; it’s about elevating our opinion of others. Being humble means that we still embrace our uniqueness, our giftedness, and our contributions, but never at the expense of diminishing the value of others or diverting attention away from them. If while embracing our accomplishments we find ways to lift up others, we are exhibiting true humility. Humility isn't about pretending we’re less gifted and less valuable than we actually are—in God’s eyes and others. It is using what God has given us to help others shine.