The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility. ~Proverbs 15:33
I came upon this verse during my devotion and prayer time this morning. The sunlight gently filtering through my bedroom window fell upon the page, lighting the words so that they stood apart from the rest of the text. It made me pause in my reading for a minute and reflect upon what those words meant.
So often I have found myself dreaming of what it would be like to be a published author. Seeing my books in bookstores, where others can freely read them, sends a thrill down my spine. In these times, I'm tempted to get a big head about my writing or my self-importance. For one short moment, I forget to give honor to Him who deserves it.
Have you ever experienced this yourself? I know we've all had those moments where we start thinking a little too much of ourselves, just like we have those moments when we think we're worth nothing. Sometimes it seems impossible to maintain the right balance: humility coupled with content, pride in oneself without arrogance.
The Bible gives us a very clear vision of that for which we should aim in this short verse. Before we can expect to be honored, whether as a published author or a dearly-beloved wife and mother, we must learn to instill in ourselves a sense of humility.
nouna modest or low view of one's own importance; humbleness.
Humility does not mean you think of yourself as worthless. Rather, it means you have the proper perspective, where your worth is in Christ Jesus and not in your own works. Humility is placing others before yourself and valuing their wishes over your own. It's hard -- I'm not denying that fact. So many times I think I'm "being humble," and then I realize the very act of praising myself for being humble is, well . . . not humility.
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. ~Saint Augustine
What are some ways you can practice humility in your daily life?