Oh to be Great! …at being Humble

Don’t Crumble on being Humble

So hard to be humble
It’s so hard to be humble when you are so perfect!

It’s hard to be humble when you feel that you are so great. Country singer, Mac Davis, croons a parody of how great he is, with his recording of, ”It’s Hard to be Humble”, with the refrain of ”when you’re perfect in every way”. Whether we are willing to sing about it or even admit it, there are times where we feel we are greater than the others that surround us.  Our egos are a big part of our human condition, and one that is often very difficult to let go of, which is why humility or being humble becomes so difficult. We seem to be constantly comparing ourselves to others, and sometimes are willing to do whatever is necessary to make sure we come out on top.

There is a story told about a clever clerk, who closed hundreds of sales with the line: ”Let me show you something several of your neighbors said you couldn’t afford.” The world’s viewpoint doesn’t see being humble, as a good thing. It consistently tells us that we should have the best and be the best, from every point, and when we allow our pride to take over, we may find ourselves suddenly heading downhill fast.

There were two ducks and a frog who lived happily together in a farm pond. The best of friends, the three would amuse themselves, and play together in the water. One summer, the heat rose to extremes, and the pond began to dry up. It soon was evident that the three would have to move. This was not a problem for the ducks, who could easily fly to another pond. But the frog had no way to leave. So it was decided that they would put a stick in the bill of each duck, so that the frog could hang onto it with his mouth, as they flew to another pond. The plan worked very well, in fact it was such a good plan that as they were flying along, a farmer looked up in admiration and said, ”Well isn’t that a clever idea! I wonder who thought of it?” The frog said, ”I did”¦” Pride usually brings us down quickly.

It is so hard sometimes, to just keep our mouths shut and be humble. We want so badly, to not only be liked and admired, but we want to be seen as great in every aspect. Sometimes we have to be humbled by others, before we realize that our pride has taken over. We need to have some things in place to remind us that we really are not above another, and that we all need each other, to get to where we want to go. It is said that Alex Haley, the author of Roots, had a picture in his office that depicted a turtle sitting on top of a fence. He placed the picture there to remind him of a lesson he learned long ago; ”If you see a turtle on a fence post, you know he had some help.” Alex said, ”Any time I start thinking, Wow isn’t this marvelous what I’ve done! I look at that picture and remember how this turtle ”“ me ”“ got up on that post!”

Max Davis is right, ”Oh, Lord, it is hard to be humble” but with the Lord’s help and guidance we certainly can be. This week our focus verse deals with being, humble; and the success and greatness that comes from serving others. The world we live in today seems focused more than ever, on telling us that we are the most important, number one. That we should keep our eye not ”on the prize,” but on ourselves. This is a false illusion though, and it sets ourselves up for a great fall.

The Bible clearly tells us that if we want to ”get ahead” in the kingdom world, we must lay down the earthly world and its ways. Jesus teaches us in his warning that we should not allow our ”religious airs,” to give us the prideful thoughts of thinking, we are better than another. It is only through humbling ourselves before all people, with the emphasis on all that we will move forward to the kingdom. If we do not humble ourselves on earth, there are promises that God will humble us at some point.

Sometimes getting ahead really means starring behind the scenes. Even when we are working in the forefront we must remember, like the turtle; who helped us to the post. There is a story about Samuel Morse, told by Tim Hansel, in his book Eating Problems for Breakfast. Morse was once asked if he ever met a situation where he didn’t know what to do. Morse replied, ”More than once, and whenever I could not see my way clearly, I knelt down and prayed to God for light and understanding.” Samuel Morse received many honors from his invention of the telegraph, but felt undeserving; ”I have made a valuable application of electricity not because I was superior to other men but solely because God, who meant it for mankind, must reveal it to someone, and He was pleased to reveal it to me.”

Jesus came as a servant; are we foolish enough to think we are greater than He?

But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Matthew 23:12 (NLT)

Tumbling in the Benefits of being Humble

We must learn to be humble and recognize the sin of pride when it hits. If we spend our time, serving others and not focusing on ourselves, we will quickly leave pride behind. Seeking to serve others like Christ did, as a servant, will help us be humble among others. Continuously striving to serve others in a loving manner though service, will help teach us to be humble and full of humility. This goes against what society teaches so sometimes we might need a reminder that there are great benefits to finding humility, so let us all remember the good of being HUMBLE.

H ”“ Harmony leads to good health, with added benefits of hope and happiness in the mix. The ”H” of humble appears with multiple benefits within itself. When you focus on the needs of others there is a great harmony that is created, which lend to the added benefits.

U – Understanding of others ”“ When you strive to be humble your mind allows you more understanding through tolerance and patience of the differences seen. Your perspective changes as you see the value of other people and their gifts.

M ”“ Moral compass becomes set to a pattern of good. The practice of being humble over time, gives way to good decision-making, as your moral compass sets to a pattern focused on others and the effects your life may have on them.

B ”“ Bonding becomes easy ”“ The more your humble nature reveals itself, the quicker you will bond to others, creating stronger and better relationships

L ”“ Limits rest in place ”“ If you consistently strive to be humble, you will quickly recognize your limits, which frees you from exhausting yourself and striving to be something you are not.

E ”“ Energy is greatly heightened ”“ Humble people have more energy, as your energy focuses on others and not yourself.

Be challenged to put pride in its place and go against what society dictates. Bishop, William Temple of England said, ”Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself one way or the other, at all.”

So motivate yourself to spend your time and thoughts in service, to be more like Christ, and find comfort in knowing that God will make right all wrongs, for the humble will be exalted.

Love in Christ,

E.J.

Post Script

Be humble or you’ll stumble.

D.L. Moody

Extra Study

Job 22:29, Proverbs 29:23, Ezekiel 21:26, Luke 14:11; 18:14, Humble before God but not Helpless

Credits ”“ 
Two ducks and a Frog - Today in the Word, April, 1989, p. 34. 
Alex Haley ”“Maxwell, John C. Teamwork makes the Dream Work, 2002; excerpt: Osborne Phillip B. The Handbook of Magazine Article Writing. 
Samuel Morse -Hansel, T. Eating Problems for Breakfast, Word Publishing, 1988, pp. 33-34.

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