Although it is part of Walther Farm’s Unity and Humility core value, does one really understand what humility is? How do we live a humble life? According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, humility is simply defined as “the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people: the quality or state of being humble.” The following is a passage from a short essay written by “Agnes”, published by National Public Radio’s This I Believe Series:
“I admired how she spread joy to others simply through her personality, grew strong in her Christian faith, and paid it forward through kind gestures and volunteering. Despite failed encounters that have encroached upon me in episodes of my life, I felt the need to recognize others and their values simply because of her impact upon me. I see being humble as being honest with myself and having the courage to admit my shortcomings and weaknesses so that I may be able to address them later on. It was through my grandmother that I learned to embrace the unknown and view humility as a foundational virtue, rather than low self-esteem. And for that, I thank her immensely.”
The grace and kindness of Agnes’ grandmother were able to make a lasting lifelong lesson; teaching Agnes honesty and humility. I believe we could all be a little more like Agnes and her grandmother. Everyday acts can show our love and kindness to our loved ones, co-workers, and complete strangers. Whether you take the definition directly from a dictionary or develop an idea with the help of Agnes and her grandmother, or read the word of the Lord; we should work to be more humble every day. I know I will never be prefect, I am only human, but the Lord will guide me with His word. We must keep our hearts soft and malleable for He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way (Psalm 25:9).
Dear Lord, keep our eyes and hearts open for Your love and grace. We look to You to teach us humility and kindness. Help us love ourselves, one another, and most importantly You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.