The Humiliation of being Humble

Current trends in our society compels individuals to do for yourselves, to speak up for yourselves, and to do all you can to promote yourself. The idea is if you don’t think much of yourself then how are you going “sell yourself” to others. That is why so many people have “agents” to speak for them. Others have people of ‘influence’ to speak for them. They play politics in every area of their lives. Jobs, careers, church, personal, and private goals.

Competition matters. In order to secure that job, that contract, that girl, you have to present yourself as the better choice among potential candidates. Political candidates do the same thing to secure your vote. However, most voters know the real decision is to chose the lesser of the available evils. 

The old expression, “nice guys finish last’ is true in most cases. Seldom do the girls want the nice guy unless he’s abnormal and happens to be handsome, beefed up, and sexy in addition to being nice. Most women who call a guy ‘a nice guy’ are usually speaking more about charater than “marriage material.” 

Now here’s the question. Is it not humiliating to be humble? Most people who have the trait of humility seem to think they are less than the majority of the population. I tend to think of humility as a strong trait because you have to discipline yourself not to get an attitude of thinking too highly of yourself like so many others do. You have to be self-disiplined to not follow the ways of the world.

In many cases the humble person can achieve what others do and just as well but simply are not noticed for it. The humble person has to come to the place in their life to say it is okay. So many want to make a name for themself so when they leave this world they will be remembered. Hence naming buildings, bridges, tournaments, etc after them. 

Which trait do you think God explores? Which trait do you think God endorses over the other? Is it humility? Could it be self-confidence? Self esteem is certainly important and matters to God. 

You can be a person of great humility and have good self esteem just as a person of great self-confidence can have low self esteem. 

I guess what I am trying to get across is this, there is no humiliation in being humble.  Just because you may not think much of yourself and equate that with being a humble person, doesn’t mean in the least that you are not a person of great worth and value to this world and to the people in your life. A humble person knows who they are in the revelation of God. They are created in His image. They are strong in character and purpose. They resolve to live life according to higher principles than the world endorses. Therefore, remain humble. Seek God. Trust God to lead, guide, and open the paths He has for you. 

I was once advised to not disclose an important part of my personal background, (being divorced and now remarried), in order that I might secure a position in God’s church. The thought was waiting until people got to know me before I told them. My personal conviction is deception is never a good idea especially when you want God’s blessings. 

Just my humble opinion.

Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. (‭James‬ ‭4‬:‭10‬ NASB)

Until next time,

Hoss

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About Hoss

Married w/ 1 daughter & 3 step-children . Ordained minister. I do supply preaching every opportunity I get. Currently employed in a state prison system. Wife & I own a flower shop in a nearby city. I am approaching my late 50's, although I certainly don't look like it.
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