G K Chesterton once wrote, “The saint without humility is the devil.”
I really appreciate that quote because we’ve met, that devil and I. I’ve bumped into him in the hallway. That kind of arrogance, pride, hostility on display within Christianity is often what drives people away from Jesus, away from our life giving faith, so it’s vitally important that we get this right.
Don’t confuse humility with humiliation or shame or false modesty or worse yet, worm theology.
CS Lewis once famously said, “humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” That’s actually a paraphrase from Rick Warren. The words CS Lewis wrote in, “Mere Christianity” were, “If you do dislike him it will be because you feel a little envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all.”
Our modern world is so full of suffering people trapped in anxiety, overthinking, depression, the noise and busyness of our opinionated world. It’s not that they think too highly of themselves, it’s that they can’t really think of anything but themselves. Where do I rest my eyes? Where is God? Right on the other side of yourself. Beyond yourself.
Humility is a really cool word, because it actually means grounded. Of the earth. It’s the same root word as “humus.” Earth. “Being grounded” is a wonderful thing, it means firmly planted, balanced, emotionally stable, secure, and rooted in that which is steady and unmoving. The Bible tells us, “Be still and know that I am.”
Get yourself grounded, rooted in His love, and firmly planted. Then go and tell the others……