By Juliet Rogers, Sierra Leone,
“Humility requires that right conducts are enlivened and enforced by grace.” ~ Juliet Rogers
Simply put, ‘Humility’ is a situation where one feels that one is not better than the other(s), despite the fact that one might be highly learned or successful than those one interacts with.
If you have the consciousness of being bigheaded or uppish to learn from an ant, then again, you’ll be conscious of being overly small to learn from a hippopotamus or an elephant as well. The source of knowledge does not come from size or status but rather competence. Be humble! Bumptiousness won’t always speed you up to a desirable eminence!
As H. Jackson Brown Jr. said to his son: “Every person that you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.”
Rightfully, It takes freedom from pride and fortitude to learn from an ant, and fearlessness to learn from a lion. These are essentials for gaining access to self-discipline and morality.
Remember what Saint Augustine said: “Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.”
Bill Gates, a co-founder of the world leading technological package, Microsoft and his wife Melinda have devoted the better part of their livelihood or fortune to ameliorating the lives of the world’s poorest people. But despite his outstanding global benefactions that already total in the tens of billions of dollars, Gates humbly recognizes that others are making contributions that he says are more meaningful than his. “I’m not giving up food, or vacation, or a trip to the movies to give charitably” Bill Gates asserted in a renowned video interview for Reddit. “I essentially sacrifice nothing that I want, and there are people who are out in the field and they are giving more.” This view of appreciating others is an indication of the strength of humanity with its humility. The legendary Scottish novelist and politician John Buchan wrote: “Without humility, there can be no humanity.”
Precisely and concisely put, hard work makes you impel higher (leads you to the top), but what uphold you at that very top is humility. Here is the way the Italian priest and philosopher Padre Pio put it: “YOU MUST ALWAYS HUMBLE YOURSELF LOVINGLY BEFORE GOD AS WELL AS BEFORE HUMAN-KIND, BECAUSE GOD SPEAKS ONLY TO THOSE WHO ARE TRULY HUMBLE AND HE ENRICHES THEM WITH HIS GIFTS.“
In the meantime, reflect on these words:
“Humility is the mother of all virtues; purity, charity and obedience. It is in being humble that our love becomes real, devoted and ardent. If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. If you are blamed you will not be discouraged. If they call you a saint you will not put yourself on a pedestal.” (1)
Amonition: Humility is simply doing the right thing. Let me take you through the purpose(s) of humility;
An article for Inc. Magazine by Marcel Schwantes reasoned about the significance of humility; his point of concentration was on the momentousness of leaders to exercise humility in order to earn respect.
“Humble leaders achieve greatness without arrogance,” he poignantly wrote. “They shift from ego to humility, which can drastically alter the outcome to their advantage.”
In reality, we need humility to maintain peace in our lives. Romans 12:16 is one of my best-loved scriptures. It says, “Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits.”
Frankly, humility leads to true self-knowledge, honesty, realism, strength and dedication to give ourselves to something greater than ourselves. It is not low self-esteem! Don’t view or misconstrue it as such, but preferably, it’s the act of exalting other people better than yourself (see Philippians 2:3-4). Below the bust are carved these wise words from C. JoyBell C’s philosophy: “Be careful not to mistake insecurity and inadequacy for humility! Humility has nothing to do with the insecure and inadequate! Just like arrogance has nothing to do with greatness!”
At last, Proverbs 15:31-33 states: “If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise. If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding. Fear of the Lord teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor.”
HUMILITY IS ESSENTIAL IN PROMOTING GRACIOUSNESS AND MORALITY!