“Pride comes before the fall.” “GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO ARE HUMBLE.” Are you humble? Do you seek to be a man/woman who is humble? That is quite a goal in this day and age.
TO BE HUMBLE
“It is viewed as a potential part of temperance because temperance includes all those virtues that refrain or express the inordinate movements of our desires or appetites.
Humility is defined as, “A quality by which a person considering his own defects has a humble opinion of himself and willingly submits himself to God and to others for God’s sake.” St. Bernard defines it as, “A virtue by which a man knowing himself as he truly is, abase himself. Jesus Christ is the ultimate definition of Humility.”
Submitting to God and legitimate authority
Recognizing virtues and talents that others possess, particularly those which surpass one’s own, and giving due honor and, when required, obeisance
Recognizing the limits of one’s talents, ability, or authority; and, not reaching for what is beyond one’s grasp”—Wikipedia
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are both my age. They have similarities coming out of that age. They also have differences. Both are men are “arrogant” in my eyes. One came from “humble” beginnings and the other from “high status” beginnings. Neither of them joined the Armed Forces for about the same reasons. One worked hard at becoming the man that he is and as President. The other simply flowed through the privilege of his life and arrived one day, almost shocked at what he had accomplished.
Both men are not men who you would equate the word “humble” to. I think after their reigns, I would prefer to have a beer with Clinton. That conversation might be something I would like. You might be surprised to know, that in the Clinton Library, there is a very “small” section devoted to “that woman, Monica Lewinsky.” I wonder what he thinks as he sees that section?
I know another man who shows “humbleness.” My Uncle Ed, married for many years, who right up to the time my aunt died, spent his whole life caring for her. Later in life, she was ridden with illness, and had a shake in her that would keep her from the very simple tasks. Uncle Ed never put her into a home for someone else to take care of her, until they both went to a home. He keep up his “humble” ways of caring for her every need all the way to the end. He was a humble man.
I know another man, who very similar ways, had a wife and she got bad. He immediately put her into a home. I often thought back to the way he treated her early on in their lives. He was embarrassed by her weight problem, and her inability to take controlling in her life. When she went into a home, he surely visited her on occasion. One time, he went in and heard this loud screaming and yelling coming from down the corridor. When he asked the nurse who was making all that noise, she said, “It’s your wife.” He said of that incident, “I was so embarrassed.” Pride comes before the fall.
It is a common thing for us to be proud people. We are proud of what we have achieved in life….”I have my Doctorate, etc. I am the owner of my own business. I have lost all this weight. We have wonderful grandchildren”….and on and on. Pride is based upon what we have done for ourselves and who we are.
The problem with pride is that it does not acknowledge another aspect of our lives. We are creations of God who made us and willed us to be who and what we are. Everything in the universe is “at the pleasure of God.” It is He who has done for us what we are and who we are. When we acknowledge Him, we become “humble.” We realize how little we really have to do with the whole of our lives.
God has pleased to allow me to live this long. God has given me the opportunities I have had in life. He has given me the abilities and gifts/talents to be the person I am today. For me to take pride in what I have achieved, places me in a vulnerable spot before the Almighty God.
He is probably the “greatest boxer” of all time. He kept telling us “I am the Greatest.” His name was C.Clay and he was an extremely interesting boxer to watch. He elevated his stature among us by telling “I am the Greatest.” But he also went about proving that he was “one of the greatest.”
Today, he is suffering Parkinson’s Syndrome. He can hardly function for himself. All because of the head injuries he suffered from Boxing. I wondered the other day, if you could get him to speak from his heart, if he would admit that his life today, is not what he had hoped for in life. But in his achievements, he gave up his physical life for one of fame and fortune for a while. Would he have not boxed knowing the end result? Was it all worth it?
Muhammad Ali has been reduced in his pride to a man, large in size, but humbled by his disease.
GOD BLESSES THE HUMBLE
Matthew 5:5 says, “God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.” For one who can learn humility in God’s eyes, he will find God blessing Him by giving him the whole earth. While this is not an easy trait, it is a trait that we exhibit before others and they easily can tell that we are “humble” versus being proud. There should be in us, an understand of what of ourselves is us, and what is given to us by God. To acknowledge that “I would be nothing, if it were not for God…and what He has done for me.”
The humble will inherit the earth. We will find in our future, owners and dwellers upon the whole earth. It will all belong to us, given to us by God. That of course, is a worthy goal to achieve.
Are you proud of what you have done? Are you arrogant before others when in fact, they can see that you have not achieved all that you could? Do you take a clear and honest summary of your self-worth and attributes?
GOD BLESSES THE HUMBLE!
On My Father’s Business, humbling myself,