A Prayer For Humility: Give Praise to the Lord

Pride is sin that we all are guilty of. What beats pride is humility. At times we are faced with a lot of circumstances in life that tempt us to be overly proud. The Bible tells us that pride is sinful and it corrupts our spirit. We must remember that all things come from our creator and everything that we have is because of God. In everything that we do we should remember to give praise to God. Letting pride get in the way of praising God is common though, and we will all struggle with it from time to time.

Often, I forgot that my achievements are not my own. I forgot that without God, nothing would have become of me. I came across a great post entitled: “Litany of Humility: A Prayer For A Beloved Sinner“. The prayer keeps me in touch with myself and taught me to remember that humility beats pride. I thought that others should read this prayer for humility as well because it helped me very much.

God Favors the Humble

Reading Bishop of Rome: A Title of Humility from Rorate Caeli brought my mind to the words of Jesus Christ in this particular verse in the Bible: “But the greatest among you shall be your servant.12“Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12) Does this mean that God favors the humble? I believe it does.

In this power and success-driven society that we are living in, humility isn’t necessarily viewed as a highly valuable trait to possess. In fact, it may even be viewed as a weakness. But in the Bible, humility is given much importance–being reiterated by various authors so many times.

2 Chronicles 7:14
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Psalms 25:9
“He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.”

1 Peter 5:6
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.”

James 4:6
“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

As mere sinners in need of Grace, we ought to humble ourselves in all our ways. Even the son of God humbled himself and took the form of a bond servant, and came in the likeness of men. Furthermore, the Lord delights in those who possess humility. When we humble ourselves, we open our lives to receive God’s grace and blessing. God favors the humble.

May the Lord find us humble today.

Washing The Feet of Others Displays Humility

Over the past few days, I have been seeing a lot of photographs of Pope Francis washing and kissing the feet of other people–from sick children to single mothers. A post at the NC Register entitled, “Unclean” featuring one of these photos especially caught my attention. It did not only laud the Pope’s humility but looked deeper into the meaning of his actions.

The washing of others’ feet is not a very common practice among Christians nowadays, but it is actually one of Jesus’ commandments. In John 13: 14-16, He said, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.”

When Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, he exemplified humility and servitude; but more importantly, he showed them how much he loved and accepted all of them despite of all of their faults. I believe our beloved Pope wants to send out this very same message. What do you think?

Pride Pulls Us Away From God

Having a close and personal relationship with God is a very joyful experience. It is something that every Christian should certainly strive to have. However, not a lot of people are able to form a strong and intimate connection with the Lord. This is not because the Lord chooses who he wants to have a relationship with but because of our human tendencies. Although there are quite a lot of things that can create a gap between us and the Lord, pride is one of the biggest problems.

God’s strong hatred of pride is well-documented in the Bible. One very strong passage on pride can be found in the book of Proverbs: “Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished. (Proverbs 16:5)”

When we are full of pride, we will not be able to honestly recognize the greatness of God and our powerlessness. With arrogance, we won’t be able to see our human limitations and our neediness for him. This means that we are shutting out the presence of the Lord in our lives. Without the acceptance of our nothingness, we will not be able to commune, more so have a relationship with God.

If we want to draw ourselves closer to the Lord, we need to develop the virtue of humility. To get a clearer picture of the role of humility in our relationship with the Lord, I would suggest that you read Father JC’s wonderful Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Lent.

Faith, Humility, and Trust are Reoccurring Themes in Biblical Stories

It seems like in nearly every Biblical story where an angel appears to a human, the first thing they say is, “Do not be afraid!”. The more I thought about that, the more it made sense that I would totally need some reassuring in a situation like that. The angel has a message to pass along in most instances as well. Often the message is something that the individual at first finds crazy, but shows faith in. Their faith is later rewarded obviously because that tends to be how God does things.

I share this thought because I read a post this morning titled, “Speaking With an Angel Requires Faith, Humility, Trust”. The post spoke about instances where angels have appeared to humans. It is a truly humbling experience because of the sheer magnitude of what is occurring. Often faith and trust are big elements of these stories too because of the message being sent through these angels by God. The post talks about Mary, Joseph, and Zechariah and their own personal experiences with angels and God. The post is beautiful and you should check it out.

Humility is Not Thinking Less of Yourself: My Favorite Quote

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” This quote from C.S. Lewis has become my favorite quote over the years. I used to think that humility meant never giving yourself credit. Humility meant being humble to me, but I have realized that I didn’t understand the word until recently. Being humble doesn’t mean playing down your strong attributes and not taking credit for the good things you have done. In my opinion it is more about being able to realize that it isn’t always about you.

I often enjoy looking at things from a sports perspective, so here’s an example of humility in sports. Say you’re the star pitcher of a baseball team and you just threw a no-hitter. This is a pretty special accomplishment that a person should take pride in. It’s completely okay to be happy about your performance. The pitcher without humility talks in the post game interview about how great he is and how he is really proud of himself, which is not wrong. However, the pitcher with humility draws attention to the spectacular catch his right fielder made late in the game and how his third baseman picked off a scorching line drive down the left field line. Humility makes a big difference in plenty of real life situations, but I personally love the sports example. Humility is about being a team player and recognizing that you are a part of something bigger than yourself. Sadly this is an idea that has been lost in professional sports for quite some time now, despite a few exceptions.

You do not need to downplay your achievements or be unwilling to accept praise to be a humble person. It is important to appreciate what others do too, and give them credit when they are deserving. This idea can be found in the Bible as well in Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”

I’ve learned that humility is something difficult to understand. There are times for taking credit and being proud, but there are times to praise others and downplay your own importance. You need to find balance in your life and do all of these things at the proper time. Nobody is absolutely perfect at this, and it will be an ongoing struggle. Effort is what it is really about.