Becoming More Humble
Posted: Saturday, April 11
Verse of the day:
For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (Luke 14:11)
A show we love to watch is Shark Tank. If you’ve never seen an episode, you need to watch it tonight. The premise revolves around normal everyday people with intriguing (and sometimes ridiculous) products looking to earn an investment from successful business owners. Every show has five investors and wow do they bring an ego with every episode. Yes, they have done very well for themselves and know how to make a business grow, but if embarrassed or not given exactly what they want, they make sure everyone knows how they feel and will cut down others in the process. But it makes for good television.
When we’re good at what we do, it comes natural to want the attention and praise. But we hate it when others make the scene all about themselves and their pride shines through. We know that a humble person is more enjoyable to be around and as Jesus said, will receive more in the end. But how do we do that, even when the attention seeker inside of us is clawing to be satisfied. It’s easy to give credit to God when we’ve accomplished or succeeded in our endeavors but in our hearts know it was us, by our own calculations and hard work.
While I can’t say I’m the most humble person I’ve ever met (that’d be a paradox), I’ve learned that in order to become more humble, make it about others. Have you noticed people love to talk about themselves? I’m amazed at how long and how often people will talk about themselves if you give them the opportunity. Ask questions and make conversations revolve around others instead of yourself. When someone gives you credit and a pat on the back, it’s ok to say thanks and feel a sense of accomplishment. God after He created everything looked at it with satisfaction and said, “It is good.” But once the thoughts enter about how awesome we are or how we did this on your own, stop, and automatically give a compliment to God and then to someone else. It takes practice, but once you begin to make it a pattern the heart changes and sees others as more important than ourselves. As Jesus said, those who make it about themselves will only be embarrassed, but those who make it about others will then be exalted.