Are you more impressed by someone who brags about his or her accomplishments or someone who is humble? Sometimes in our efforts to impress by bragging or in some cases bulling, we accomplish just the opposite. Have you noticed how impressed we tend to be with those who first convey the feeling that they are impressed by us? Sure you are!
We humans can be such unbelievable idiots! Where we get the notion to be prideful should be a mystery to all of us! In I Corinthians 4:7 Paul writes, “What are you so puffed up about? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if all you have is from God, why act as though you are so great, and as though you have accomplished something on your own.” The point: the recognition that everything we have is a gift from God. Certainly it’s our responsibility to maximize the talents that God has given us, while truly being humble about it.
Is it even possible to be arrogant and humble at the same time? Or for that matter arrogant and truly honest?
Question: Have you ever accidently knocked over merchandise in a store? If so, what’s your response? Do you accelerate your pace, quickly removing yourself from the scene, much like a hit and run as if nothing happened. A variation of this response is to loudly blame the friend who is with you! Or do you stop and pick up the mess you created even though embarrassed. Who do you think impresses more people? Research clearly shows more people are impressed with those who demonstrate humility and honesty and take responsibility, even if it‘s embarrassing. So why be arrogant …NO ONE likes to be around arrogant people!
Why were (and still today) so many people attracted to the person of Christ? Love and Humility …the way he treated others! His humility is inspiring …the washing of His disciples feet (John 13), calling out HIS disciples for ignoring a child (Mark 10:13-16) and in particular His dying on the cross for our sins (John 3:16). Jesus talked about taking the log out of your eye before you take the speck out of your friend’s eye (Matthew 7:5). This is genuine humility not worrying about another person until we have taken a deep look at ourselves. Taking an honest look at our own imperfections, and then realizing that God loves us just as we are cannot help but make us humble. This is the kind of humility that the Lord desires to build in everyone! It will always impact how we treat and respond to others.
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.” – Rick Warren