I have 26 different character traits that I study and use to examine my life in detail, taking a different character trait each week to read and study about and then to think about myself in regards to this particular area and how I can improve and grow in it. This week it is the character trait of humility. In his book “Good to Great” Jim Collins writes about successful companies and the reasons that they are successful. A key reason is that they are led by people with what he calls level 5 leadership, which is the highest level of leadership. The two key character traits of those who rise to this level of leadership is (1)passion, drive, and desire, and (2) humility.
A major problem for many in trying to pursue humility is they don’t know exactly what it is. Often people think humility is thinking poorly of yourself, or at least talking poorly of yourself. Having confidence, and recognizing your strengths is not pride. Let me suggest 4 areas of humility.
(1) Pride is thinking I can accomplish anything on my own without the Lord’s strength and provision. 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 says, “Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant.
(2) pride is thinking that I can accomplish anything of significance on my own, without help from other people.
(3) pride is putting my needs ahead of or before those who are around me.
(4) Pride is thinking and acting like I am more important than others.
(5) Pride is a way of acting and talking to others that makes them feel humiliated
I will write about humility more tomorrow.