Humility is often misunderstood as being synonymous with shyness or self-deprecation. However, true humility is not about putting yourself down or thinking less of yourself. It is about recognizing that you are not inherently superior to others. It is about being open to learning from others and giving them the same opportunities to express themselves and be heard.
Indeed, humility extends beyond refraining from constant self-expression. It involves the practice of active listening and a genuine desire to engage with the narratives of others. Instead of constantly voicing one’s thoughts, humility encourages one to embrace the richness of others’ stories and experiences.
Humility can be an ongoing battle within the soul, especially when you’re proud of something you’ve done. In addition, pursuing humility can be challenging, especially when we take pride in our accomplishments.
Feeling joy and satisfaction when we achieve something is natural and healthy. However, making our accomplishments the sole topic of conversation can be arrogant or boastful.
Here are a few tips for being humble when taking pride in your accomplishments:
- Focus on the process, not the outcome. When discussing your accomplishments, please focus on the hard work and dedication that went into them rather than the result.
- Give credit to others. Acknowledge the people who helped you achieve your goals if it was more than you.
- Be modest. Don’t exaggerate your accomplishments or make yourself seem more important than you are.
As followers of Christ, embracing humility becomes a means to draw closer to Him. Simultaneously, it strengthens our spiritual confidence as we concentrate on developing qualities that align with God’s desires for our growth.
1. Commit Proverbs 11:2 to memory.
2. Write down one thing you can do to be more humble.