Happy Friday everyone!
I was surfing the internet last night in search for some inspiration,
and this beautiful quote popped up:
“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become
Keep your words positive because your words become your
Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes
Keep your habits positive because your habits become your
Keep your values positive because your values become your
So what is the next topic that I will be exploring on my blog for the next few weeks?
This is a topic that we have been discussing in our Sunday School class for a couple of months, and the things I have learned and the epiphanies that I have had have been so powerful and life changing that I wanted to share them with you.
So lets begin…
What is so great about humility anyway?
Well, for starters, An article published in The Journal of Positive Psychology has researchers suggesting that humble people are more likely to be helpful than those with less humility.
Lead author Jordan LaBouff, Ph.D., a lecturer in psychology at the University of Maine said:
“The findings are surprising because in nearly 30 years of research on helping behavior, very few studies have shown any effect of personality variables on helping … The only other personality trait that has shown any effect is agreeableness, but we found that humility predicted helping over and above that.”
I think we can all agree that what our world today is lacking is people who are willing to help others out for no reason at all, other than it is the right thing to do.
But isn’t humility a sign of weakness?
The very concept of humility can make us queasy.
In this self-promotional era of social media flaunting and positive thinking, to be humble can seem at best to put us at a competitive disadvantage, at worst, to seem hollow.
As Jane Austen put it, “Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility.”
To understand humility, it’s helpful to first take a look at its lesser twin, pride.
Not the kind of pride in which we maintain a healthy self-regard or feel satisfaction in a job well done, but the excessive pride of an inflated sense of self.
What 17th-century philosopher Spinoza described as, “thinking more highly of oneself than is just.”
In our Christian teachings pride is condemned as one of the Seven Deadly Sin.
But according to modern research, it is the result of a dizzying array of cognitive distortions from illusory superiority to egocentrism.
Numerous studies have shown that we construct and reconstruct our opinions, memories and self-worth relative to others in order to flatter ourselves.
In other words, pride is our default setting, causing us to warp the raw data of reality in order to convince ourselves that we are better than we actually are.
But pride and humility are sibling traits of self-evaluation.
How prideful or humble we are affects how we rate ourselves, our accomplishments and failures, and ultimately how we assess our place in the world.
To exaggerate our faults is as inaccurate a self-appraisal as thinking too highly of ourselves.
June Price Tangney, a psychology professor and leading researcher of moral emotions and cognitions atGeorge Mason University, describes what she considers to be true humility this way: Having the ability to acknowledge our mistakes and limitations, having an openness to new ideas, and being able to maintain a realistic perspective of our place in the larger world.
So…Is it good or bad to be humble in todays modern society?
How would you honestly answer that question?
Lets go to the Word of God and see what it has to say about humility.
Lets examine the Humility Of Christ for a moment. We can all agree that He was hands down the most important man to have ever lived.
He was also the God of creation.
And yet, he was also very humble….
If we are to pattern our lives after him, then I think the answer to the question above is YES humility is EXTREMELY important in our modern society.
(Matthew 20:28) ” Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”(Luke 22:27) “For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves.
(John 5:41 ) “I do not receive glory from men.”
(John 6:38) “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.