Humility can be a tricky trait to achieve. Just when you think you have become humble, pride sneaks in and pulls one over on you! Next thing you know, you’re all haughty about being humble. Ha. Gotcha.
I have been working through a list of what it means to be broken rather than proud from a book called, “Brokenness” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. One of the first points she makes about being broken is this:
“Proud people have a critical, fault-finding spirit. They look at everyone else’s faults with a microscope but view their own with telescope. Broken people are compassionate- they have the kind of love that overlooks a multitude of sins, they can forgive because they know how much they have been forgiven.”
It can be so easy to pick out the problems of everyone around us, but how often do you sit down to examine your own life. As you pass people on the street, are you quick to cast out judgmental thoughts? In Matthew 7:1-6 Jesus talks about judging other people. I think DeMoss is getting at this concept here. Our human nature is so sinful. We are so quick to judge everyone around us, to want to pull specks of dust from everyone’s eyes, meanwhile, here we sit with a five foot plank sticking out of our own.
Obtaining an attitude of humility does not come easy. Its a daily ritual of giving yourself over to the Creator. Take a few minutes today to examine how you interact with those around you, and be aware of how humble and broken your spirit is today.