Pete and I are plugging away at our daily Bible studies and came across one called One Word a few weeks ago. We found it through the Bible Gateway app, but here’s the website it’s taken from.
The idea is to carefully consider one word that you can focus on for the year. Not something you pull out of thin air, but a word that demonstrates something you feel God calling you to work on. People have chosen words like passion, listen, determination, love, brave and sober. My word is humility.
Humility is the opposite of pride. C.S. Lewis once said:
There is one vice of which no man in the world is free, which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else. … The vice I am talking of is Pride. … Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind. … As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.
Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment.
- Who doesn’t, at one time or another, find themselves judging someone else? I’ll catch myself thinking I am somehow wiser or kinder than someone else, but we all have our strengths and weaknesses. And I have plenty of faults.
- Selfishness. How easy is it to think only of yourself and not want to consider someone else’s time or needs? But I think when you’re humble, you’re more aware of serving others and not putting yourself first.
- One definition of humble is “not costly or luxurious.” You often hear the phrases “humble beginnings” or “humble abode.” To me, this definition of humility means being wise with money. What’s necessary, and what’s excessive? Can I make do with what I have? Am I being generous with what I’ve been given?
One way I’m trying to keep my focus on humility is by taping the word next to the bathroom mirror. The goal isn’t to be self-deprecating, but to be more modest in my view of myself and more apt to seeing the best in people. We’ll see if this one word thing works!