What is humility? Humility is a virtue; it is a way of life every human being should adopt. Humility is the quality of having a modest or low view of one’s importance. Many of us when we receive recognition for our achievements we let it get to our heads. We are filled with so much confidence that it overshadows us, making us lose sight of who we are. We are inflamed with a sense of self importance that we no longer accept our recognition gracefully but instead we are arrogant enough to drop in statements like “I knew I would get it” or “No one else could win it” in an effort to further exalt ourselves often to the ridicule of those around us.
Humility is not gained over night. It’s a practice makes perfect kind of thing. We first have to recognize when we have become too full of ourselves. When we are able to recognize this vice, we are able to asses ourselves and make every effort to change. If we do this then there is nothing that can stop us from becoming truly humble.
Being humble also allows to outdo ourselves. When we think too highly of ourselves, we think we are the best; we think we don’t need to improve and so we unknowingly limit ourselves. When we are humble, we never think that what we do is the best so we work on getting better and better. Even when we become the best we think we can still improve. We are constantly commended for our deeds but we don’t let it get to our heads; that is the true meaning of humility.
Humility is not a selfish thing. Humility helps us to recognize that everyone is equal; we recognize that anyone can learn what we have and do what we have done. Like Jesus, we see the possibility in everyone. We see that all have been made in the image of our Creator; that everyone has mental and spiritual powers capable of development.
To achieve true humility let us live by the words of the Epistle written by Paul to the people in Phillipa
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:3-8)