Long time readers of my blog will know I have often wrestled with the issue of humility and how to translate the concept into a healthy and realistic course of action. I didn't know where to draw the line between healthy self-esteem and humility. I wanted to avoid false humility. I didn't want to fail to acknowledge the gifts, strengths, calls and talents God has given me just for an "aw shucks, I'm nuthin'" attempt to be humble. I asked everyone I could think of in person and in cyberspace what humility means to them. You can read more about my quesitons on this issue at my old blog address here.
Part of me thought if I gathered enough "pieces to the puzzle", I would finally get my quesitons answered. But part of me couldn't shake the feeling that I just hadn't come across the right explanation and when I did, I would know it.
Well, I've been zapped! The other day I was listening to a Torah Club teaching CD by First Fruits of Zion, a great Messianic Judaism resource. FFOZ referenced a teaching by Dwight Pryor on the subject of . . . you guessed it . . . humility. The quote that made the light go on for me was this:
Humility is not thinking less OF yourself; it’s thinking less ABOUT yourself.
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