What is humility? The dictionary provides a helpful definition. Humility is – being humble. So what is that? A quality of meekness or modesty. An attitude of showing deferential respect. Of being unpretentious. Lacking pride (or an excessively high opinion of oneself).
When I started to think about the attitude of humility, I pictured the members of a college football team. Back in high school, they were the stars. The ones who racked up the statistics that attracted scouts and earned scholarships. Growing up, they were the ones picked first at recess. Told repeatedly that they were the best, the most special, the tallest, strongest, fastest.
Then, they arrived at college. And suddenly having been the best in high school wasn’t enough anymore.
The funny thing about humility is that if you don’t learn it by yourself, life has a way of knocking you down to size.
So, instead of continuing to think like the stars they once were, the players eventually come to see themselves as part of the team. And as such, they find value in the skills of those around them. Without discrediting their own abilities, they respect the worth of their teammates.
That, in my opinion, is the essence of humility. Or, as Paul wrote, “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Phil. 2:4 NKJV)
What about you? Who is the most humble person you know? Why? How can you develop this attitude?