This is something that I think is a challenge for a lot of us… being humble. Recently I have noticed in my life that I am not a humble person. I get upset if something doesn’t go the way I planned, I sometimes bring myself up in every conversation, and I have found myself not really paying attention to what someone is saying, and thinking what I can say next. I know…that is terrible. Maybe you find yourself doing the same thing. My friend, we don’t have to live that way. We can strive to live humble lives together. That is the most beautiful life to live. It also reflects Jesus so much more when you live a humble life, because Jesus was also humble. He always cared for others, put others first, and most importantly, He humbled Himself when he layed down His life for us on the cross. That is the most selfless thing anyone could ever do for us.
When you are with people, let this be your focus: speak nothing about yourself, focus on the person, ask them questions, make them feel special and loved, listen to what they’re saying, don’t think “what can I say next about myself”. Become more of a listener. People love it when someone is truly listening to them. It shows that you care about them. Also, this is another tough one. Stop longing for acknowledgement and praise from others. This is hard because we are humans, of course we want to be praised. A friend of mine, Kayla Bass, put something on her Instagram that was really convicting and so true. “Praise the King that I have a humble, selfless, loving Jesus who lives inside of me, and can overcome those fleshly desires. It’s not “don’t you forget about me” but, “forget about me and see God.””
A lot of times in our mind we think, “don’t forget about me”, or the phrase “It’s all about me”. It’s so easy to think these things because we live in a “me first” kind of world. I don’t know about you, but for me I can get upset when I’m not invited to stuff, or I feel like my friends are forgetting about me, and if I’m not getting any attention. All these things can be upsetting and frustrating, but it’s also selfish. This is something I have been learning so much. Start thinking less of yourself, and more about others. You will have more joy while doing this.
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Put Jesus first, then others, and put yourself last. Here is your challenge: Focus more on others. Ask people questions. Get to know them and their story. Don’t bring up yourself at all (only exception is if they ask you a question). Don’t long for praise from others. Don’t get upset about the little things. Desire to live a humble and selfless life, and strive to be more like Jesus!
Verses about humbleness:
Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
Proverbs 29:23 “Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.”
Matthew 19:30 “But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.”
Ephesians 4:2 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
John 3:30 “He must become greater; I must become less.”