My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. —Psalm 46:8
When you think of a humble person, what comes to mind? C.S. Lewis wrote a description in Mere Christianity:
Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call “humble” nowadays . . . Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him . . . He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all.2
Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less so that you can think of others more!
Psalm 139 tells us that we are fearfully made, but the word “fearfully” isn’t really about us; it’s about God. It’s about His great power, His omniscience. Our entire existence is completely dependent upon Him. So, when we are truly humble, when we live in that space of the fear of God, we think less about us and more about our great God.
2 C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Harper Collins, 2001) 128.
Make it Personal
Pray that God would help you to think less of yourself and more about others—especially about Him.