Pride is a funny thing.
For that matter, so is humility.
They aren’t quite what I thought they were.
On some surface level I had a general idea but if I was going to be real honest with you, I don’t know if I could have told you why God hates pride so much.
But I’m in the know, now.
You want to know too, don’t you?
Okay, but you owe me a latte or something.
God hates pride because. . . (drumroll, please) it’s a relationship killer.
Yep, that’s the big secret.
God hates pride because it breaks down authentic, heart connections.
And on the flip side, God L-O-V-E-S humility because it promotes very real, very close relationships.
So this got me thinking.
What the heck is humility anyways.
And I don’t mean a definition out of the dictionary.
I mean if I take humility off the rack, what does it look like on a person?
It’s not self-depreciating.
If you’re good at something, own it.
I told you, humility is not what we think it is. When we self-depreciate ourselves its so we LOOK humble, but inside we are high five-ing our awesome selves.
Might as well just get it out in the open.
Besides, self-depreciating yourself is no laughing matter. . . unless you’re a writer then it’s just plain funny.
It’s not comparing yourself to others.
It’s like those old Nintendo racing games.
Every car had some pluses and some minuses, which kinda all evened them out in the end. We’re all in this race together, except if you had the cheat codes, then your car was definitely the best, but if you have cheat codes, you owe it to the rest of us to share the love.
It takes time to rest.
What does rest have to do with humility?
I know, right? I was thinking the same thing. We could be besties, the way you read my mind.
Rest is the simple act of acknowledging that hey, maybe I’m not Wonder Woman after all (or Superman, you choose. They’re your tights).
And yeah, I’m human and I have needs.
Like a couch, some Netflix and a bag of Doritos.
Don’t knock it people.
Doritios, right there on the bottom of the Needs Pyramid.
What?! It’s not there.
Well, they should be.
Humility is a team player.
It’s open to hearing new ideas. . . like putting Doritos on that dang Needs Pyramid.
And humility is okay with saying “no”.
Not to Doritos.
Humility would never say no to Doritos.
And maybe the most defining mark of humility is this. . . it’s cool being itself.
Humble people are comfortable in their own skin.
You know, like your grandpa when he wears his tank top and boxers with socks rolled up to his knees. You know what I’m talking about – that is a man who is secure in his own skin . . . and fashion choices.
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline
I could use more humility in my life.
I could do with less comparison of what I think I should be.
I could do with more rest.
I could do with more saying “no”.
And I could definitely do more with just being me.
Maybe you could too.
We live in a world full of causes and needs – and we will get to them. We will, because God has poured his spirit into us. Those things won’t get left undone. But in all of our doing, lets not forget that we are people and not vending machines.
Maybe that’s the truest mark of humility.
That we remember that we are human.