ABCs of Faith: Humble Yourself
“In the same way, younger people should be willing to be under older people. And all of you should be very humble with each other. “God is against the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.” (Proverbs 3:34) Be humble under God’s powerful hand so he will lift you up when the right time comes.” -1 Peter 5:5-6
Have you heard the phrase “having to eat humble pie”? It comes from the idea that when people are arrogant and haughty thinking they know all and are better than everyone, gets put in their place. They get knocked down a peg or two so to speak.
There is a little bit of that arrogance in all of us and it does feel good to be good at something or lots of things. But no matter how good we are at something there will always be someone who is better than us.
To be humble is not lowering yourself or being passive aggressive or unassertive. Having humility is knowing your own limits, your strengths and weaknesses, morally or otherwise.
Jesus wants us to be humble because it shows good character traits we can have to be a better person. Being humble helps guide our decisions especially when caught between a rock and a hard place. Being humble gives us hope, we know good things lie ahead and we’re okay waiting for them. Being humble will allow God to work in our life and lift us up at the right time.
It is important to always remember that no matter how high you go on the “ladder”, it is God who helped you get there. Remember to give Him praise for all you can do and have accomplished. And when others seem to need a confident boost, let them know how well they are doing. And when need, because we all need it, ask for help. You may know a lot, but you don’t know everything. There are still those older and wiser ready to help. Humble pie never tasted so good.