I follow a lot of runners on social media. Runners tend to be a very positive group, avoiding (mostly) the fractious debates, political and otherwise, ubiquitous on these platforms.
A typical exchange between runners on Twitter would go something like this:
Runner 1 -“I ran five miles in the snow this morning.”
Runner 2 – “Awesome!”
Runner 3 – “Way to go!”
Runner 4 – “You rock!”
And so on.
The encouragement is wonderful, but I sometimes wonder if the posts describing my runs are boastful.
I could avoid social media posting to steer clear of bragging but my real-life discussions with runner friends are similar. One surefire way to start a conversation with a runner is to ask him about his next race. Or his last race. Or how his training is going.
For the second time in my life, I selected a word to focus on and ponder this year. My word is “humility“. I need to consider this word. I want to cultivate a more humble spirit. My sense of entitlement sometimes gets out of hand. I need the reminder I am an infinitesimal part of something much bigger than my own puny self.
My goal is to empty myself of my “self“, the self that can lead to selfishness, self-absorption, self-righteousness, and being self-centered. By being empty, we give God’s light room to shine through us.
Jesus knew it; he lived his life with a humble servant’s heart. A humble person longs to be like Christ but also understands humility works in the temporal world too.
A humble, honest person is easy to be around, easy to follow. We need leaders with a healthy dose of humility.
Too often unwarranted pride results in the easy dismissal of the arrogant.
Maybe this quote from William Law says it best: “You can have no greater sign of confirmed pride than when you think you are humble enough.”
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