Humility is hard to come by. I think I may be the only person I know who is truly humble. And I say that with all humility.
The opposite of humility is pride. The two can’t co-exist.
I love the old 18th century hymn by Isaac Watts. He wrote, “When I survey the wondrous cross, on which the Prince of glory died, my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.”
How are you doing in the “pride” category? You will probably never be as humble as I am, but you can still try. Consider the options before you . . .
Greece said, “Be wise and know yourself.”
Rome said, “Be strong and discipline yourself.”
Religion says, “Be good and conform yourself.”
Epicureanism says, “Be resourceful and expand yourself.”
Psychology says, “Be confident and assert yourself.”
Materialism says, “Be possessive and please yourself.”
Ascetism says, “Be lowly and suppress yourself.”
Humanism says, “Be capable and believe in yourself.”
Pride says, “Be superior and promote yourself.”
But Jesus says, “Be unselfish and humble yourself.”
So do what I did. Become incredibly humble.
The Old Testament says it like this: “When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, this word of the Lord came to Shamaiah – ‘Since they have humbled themselves, I will not destroy them but will soon give them deliverance'” (2 Chronicles 12:7).