In Defense of Humility


     "Humility. Thousands of humans have been brought to think that humility means pretty women trying to believe they are ugly and clever men trying to believe they are fools." ~C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

     If you've ever been caught in the trap of "I shouldn't think I am pretty. I shouldn't be recognized for my talents. It's wrong to love myself," then you know what destructive and false humility looks and feels like.

     "True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it's thinking of yourself less." ~C.S. Lewis

     Even though we all know this in our deepest being, sometimes we forget.

     So, darling, I'm here to remind you of three things:

     I. We all have unique gifts and talents to use for God's glorybe it beauty, intellect, strength and prowess in sports, creativity, or a myriad of other gifts.

     II. However, we are not to boast in anything but Christ.

     III. And lastly, humility means setting aside any pride we might begin to have in ourselves or our own accomplishments and instead pour our energy into loving others as equals.

     As The Screwtape Letters goes on to say, "[God] wants each man, in the long run, to be able to recognize all creatures (even himself) as glorious and excellent things."

     Darling, you are a glorious thing! It's time to recognize both yourself and others as beautiful masterpieces. God wants you to have a gratitude for yourself. He wants you to be able to recognize and celebrate the beautiful people you live alongside.

     When you love others as yourself, you will be able to fully love yourself in good and proper ways. You won't have to worry about having pride in the wrong places because you will have already placed that pride in the right places.

     To see that others are glorious and excellent creatures made by God is a lovely thing.

     It's the essence of humility.

     So don't beat yourself down. Humility isn't about hate. It's about love.

     "Pride goes before destruction," but "humility comes before honor" (Proverbs 16:18, Proverbs 15:33b)

     Humility is the way of gracious and wise people; their spirits sit in awe of an incredible God. Those are the spirits which pour out love for others unreservedly.

~Madeline

11 comments:

  1. YES! My self-esteem used to be a rollercoaster, ranging from "I am the best human alive" to "Why does anyone love me?"
    What I learned that helped stabilize my thoughts was "He is a good Father. He does not have favorites. He loves all of us equally." That really put things into perspective. I am just as flawed and just as loved as the next person.
    There was a quote that I read on here that has really stuck with me: "He loves you just as much now as the moment He died on the cross for you."

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    1. I'm so glad you've found a perfect balance. I know struggling with extremes is something we all do, but HE IS a good Father.

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  2. Preach! Oh my word, I LOVE C. S. Lewis so much, and it's amazing to hear from other youth who strive to live that way. Indeed, love is the greatest of all the virtues because in it's Perfect form it leaves no room for vices. Your words are so inspiring, Madeline, and your writing style flows so well, I have so much love for this post <4

    xoxo
    Lizzy

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words! I've learned a lot about love over the past year, and it certainly is the greatest Perfection. God is love!

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  3. I love this post so much, Madeline! You lay out this concept so well! You're awesome.
    <3

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  4. THIS IS SO ENCOURAGING! You explain this more clearly than anything I've ever heard. And I love all of the C.S. Lewis quotes.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this, love.

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    1. C.S. Lewis is awesome! I'm glad it was so clear for everyone. I just saw so many connections and had to write about them.

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  5. Much needed; beautiful words <3

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  6. This was such a beautiful reminder that I dearly needed. Thank you for sharing <3

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