To be humble, as defined by the Oxford dictionary is “having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s importance.”
It’s probably something you don’t think about a lot, but it is more important to your faith life than you most likely realize. We not only require humility within our human interactions, but also in our prayer life. In order to talk with God, we must humble ourselves before Him. But, as author Rick Warren says, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” When in prayer, this reminds us to talk to God as our friend, not as some scary monumental being. Being humble is all about being grounded, as we find in the root of the word. “Hum-” also seen in the word human, means earth and ground in Latin. As we look around at on the ground, we can see the beauty in nature that God created on this Earth and how beautiful we are as well. After all, we were created in His image! God created all humble beings, from the low lying flowers to the tallest trees, and this diversity that was created all by Him is something we can connect to as humans.
Humans, no matter the size, skin tone, or religion, were all made in love by God. Humility is something we all have. Love is something we all have. “Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19) It all comes full circle! We were all grounded in the beginning, and the Word of God helps us remember this. Although humbling yourself can be a scary thing, God helps to remind us that he understands this and His love can help us through it. Take some time today to humble yourself before the Lord and thank Him for all the blessings he has given you.