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TBONE61
Sep 29th 2008, 02:59 PM
Proverbs 16:18-19 & 1 Peter 5:5-7 (New King James Version)


Proverbs 16:18-19

18] Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
19] Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly,
Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
1 Peter 5:5-7

5] Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.
6] Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Attitude Adjustments
Failure comes as many forms, moral failure, failure to meet expectations, marital failures, failure in the financial world, etc. Yes, man corporate executives and financial experts today are facing the consequences of failure due to arrogant pride that assumed that wrongdoing and unwise practices could bring wealth without risk. God warns that a proud, independent spirit in any of us can lead to destruction and great humiliation. A proper response to our failures can result in deep humility and honesty before God and others. Such a response can allow God to pour out His generous grace to help us in such times of need. And an abundance of God's grace is a great thing.

FOR TODAY: Allow failure to develop humility in your heart.

paradiseinn
Oct 7th 2008, 01:29 AM
awsome!, something i always try to keep in mind.
thank you

onhimidepend
Oct 10th 2008, 02:30 AM
I agree that is AWESOME!!!

*Hope*
Oct 10th 2008, 04:55 AM
Can you suggest how we might put this into practice? What is the "proper response"? How does one humble themselves?

TBONE61
Oct 10th 2008, 02:36 PM
Can you suggest how we might put this into practice? What is the "proper response"? How does one humble themselves?

Humility is not something that comes naturally to most, especially in today’s busy competitive society. Everyday, people see others taking advantage of a situation trying to get ahead or make themselves look good and it really doesn’t do anything for them. A humble person is someone who does not boast or try to impress themselves on you. They are generally quiet, meek and typically not self serving. This is a good set of attributes to be seen but is a very difficult trait to be known for since being humble involves so many behaviors in our lives and is really the opposite of the way most people are living their lives.

Question your own Humility



Do you take an opportunity to claim credit for things that you are involved in?
Do you like to be right and to prove what you know?
Maybe you think your job role is more important than the next person or that you are smarter than them?
Are you capable of handling things on your own without help from others?
Are you proud of your accomplishments or do you ever brag about things you do or can do?

If you answered YES to ANY of these questions maybe you are not as humble as you think. Often we can recognize a humble person by related character traits. They are generally calm, courteous, polite, subdued and modest in their behavior and attitudes. A humble attitude is never pompous, proud or arrogant and a humble person does not attempt to belittle others or make themselves look good in comparison. Humble people are easily liked, very approachable and easy to get along with.

Things to help put into practice being humble....

THANK OTHERS --- Being humble in others eyes means you don’t claim your own accomplishments, and instead, thank others for how they helped, what they did, how they encouraged or supported you, etc. There are always things to thank others for. Find someone each day and thank them for something.

REDIRECT PRAISE --- Accepting praise doesn’t really make a person less humble, but down playing your significance or importance on something certainly makes you more humble. Knowing and sharing the fact that you were not the reason for some accomplishment goes a long ways in the eyes of others. This is especially important in work groups and it drastically reduces the risk of anyone thinking you take all the credit. If you deflect or redirect all praise and credit given you to others involved and truly believe the fact that you weren’t that significant, you further develop a humble attitude.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE RIGHT --- A humble person knows only one thing, that they are NOT always right! If you have an idea to present or a solution to offer, don’t try to convince others that its the right solution. Say something like, I have an suggestion, although I’m not sure its the right thing to do, since I’m often wrong, which is to … Make an effort to being humble using these types of suggestions so you don’t come across to others as always having to be right.

DON'T BE FIRST --- First is not necessarily a bad thing, however being first can come across as competitive, self promoting or demoting of others. You may see that others have better or smarter ideas than you had in the first place, you’re not the only one capable of the task or message and that you aren’t necessarily needed as much as you would like to think you are. These are very humbling realizations so if want to learn to be more humble, next time you have a chance to be first, don’t!

APPRECIATE EVERYTHING --- Well to be humble, its importance to recognize and appreciate all the wonderful things around us. Appreciate the place you live, the health, wealth and happiness you experience or have opportunity for. Appreciating things adds greatly to a person’s humility and knowing that we have so much to be thankful for builds on many of the other items in this list. Look around in nature and at the beauty of life sometime and just take it in for a few moments. Think of the world and the awesome creation that God has provided you, and its impossible NOT to be humbled. Show this appreciation in your life and spirit and it will certainly help you be more humble.

LISTEN MORE THAN YOU SPEAK --- Listening more can be very respectful to others, and you can learn a lot more by listening to others than you can by speaking.

DON'T JUDGE OTHERS --- Judgment is a dangerous thing and you can’t stay open minded, receptive to ideas, empathetic or appreciative of others if you are judging them or their ideas. Everyone is different and have different ideas and when you judge those, you are really showing that you have some overseeing significance or power to make a judgment call, which you certainly don’t if you want to be a humble person.

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I hope this list is helpful and that you can take some of these steps to being more humble.