A life of humility will bring growth.
We want hearts that are ready to grow and achieve all that God has called us to do. 7 Heart Issues that Hinder Achieving Your Goals focused on the issues stopping you. What are the heart characteristics that will help us grow and achieve our goals?
We will look at these disciplines specifically in relation to achieving our goals. There is so much more that could be said about each of these but we will limit it and focus on how this helps in achieving our goals. So let’s begin with humility.
“Humility is the root, mother, nurse, foundation, and bond of all virtue.” John Chrysostom
The quote from John Chrysostom gives us an understanding of how important humility is in our lives. This is the foundation and key for achieving our goals.
Humility is the opposite of pride. Pride views yourself as better than others. Pride looks down on others. A proud person doesn’t need others. A humble person recognises who she is in relationship to God and others.
Philippians 2:1-11 is a passage that show us Jesus’ humility. Humility is not selfish ambition or conceit but it is considering others. How does this relate to our goals? It really needs to consider the purpose of the goal. Did you set that goal just to make yourself a better person? Set goals that have result of serving God or others. Just as Jesus became a servant so we should as well. Our goals should be serving God and others.
What does a humble person do?
A humble person recognises the need for others in her life to help achieve the goals. It could be learning from the wisdom and experience of others or it could be having someone keeping you accountable. Sometimes it might just be admitting that you need help and getting a friend to help you. So be willing to ask others.
A humble person is a learner. The proud person thinks they know everything and do not need others. A humble person is always seeking to learn from others. A humble person values others. Look at your goals, think about what you can learn and how can help you learn that.
A humble person is seeking God in her tasks. Pride can push us to do or be more than God has called us to. We can be striving to have the perfect house but one of two things can happen. We can be frustrated because that really won’t happen and just give up or we continue to focus on that when really we need to accept and be content. Our time is consumed with something that we will never have. Therefore, walk in the Spirit and listen to God as you work through your goals.
Finally review your goals. Since we just did a Mid-Year Review this is a good time to consider this as well. Are these goals that serve God and others? How do you value others as you work to achieve your goals?
How do you live a life of humility?
Understand who God is and who you are. As we understand who God truly is, we begin to see ourselves as we truly are. Paul understand that it was now what he knew or who he was that was important rather he was willing to put that aside for the sake of the gospel.
As we look at Jesus’ example we see he was obedient even when that obedience was difficult and painful. He gave up his glory and all that he had in heave to become a man and come to earth. Are we obedient? Are we willing to give up things for God’s plan or our lives and those around us?
Finally, take some time to look at your own life. Is your life marked with humility? Pray and seek God ask him to help you live a life of humility.
If you are looking for an excellent book to read about humility, I recommend this book. I found it easy to read with so many truths to ponder.