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September 27, 2013, 9:06 AM

Words from Rick








It would be interesting to know how many are still reading this article! Humility is an indispensable virtue in the New Testament, closely connected with the teaching and example of Jesus Christ, and, the apostle Paul. But far too many “Pull up your own boot-straps” Americans don’t think much of humility!  For example, Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “For we do not proclaim ourselves, we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:5-6). Here is a list of thoughts on humility I have gathered over the years.   Humility has no self-conscious pride.  It does not shut its eyes to its faults and limitations. And it does not compare its life with other people’s lives.    Humility is not afraid to learn new lessons and make new beginnings. It does not say, “I can’t,” because it is afraid of loss of face if it fails, or that people will laugh.   Humility looks at its sins (self-examination), but also beyond them to the Savior who forgives sins.   Humility is powerful, for it is based on the sense of being absolutely dependent on the grace of God. That is why a Christian has such a serene and confident spirit. Good Christians (and I don’t know how to define “good”) aim high and attempt great things – yet without proud looks or thoughts; they are not thinking of themselves, but of God. They have simple, childlike hearts because they depend so much on their heavenly Father.   Humility is not worried about “face.”  It is prepared to own a fault, a mistake, make an apology, or make restitution if it has wronged anyone.    For those who are concerned about leadership issues, you might be familiar with the works of Jim Collins. His books include: Good to Great,  Built to Last,  How the Mighty Fall, and his most recent book, Great by Choice. In all of these books, it is emphasized that humility in the top executive positions in most every corporation or institution is the number one key to effectiveness.  Sound familiar?  09.29.2013

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