*Choice 1 of 10 - a continuation of the Take Back Your LIfe series started last week
Have you been striving to climb the “ladder of success” without ever reaching the top? Try climbing down and you might be surprised at what you find. Jesus continually introduces a paradigm for success that contradicts conventional wisdom.
In Matthew 20:26, He gives us the humility paradox: “…whoever wishes to be great among you, shall be your servant.” Notice that He doesn’t say humility will just make you nice; He says it will make you great.
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So why does humility lead to greatness?
Below are eight reasons why living with humility, instead of pride, leads to greatness in our lives:
- Humility accepts responsibility; pride blames others.
- Humility promotes objectivity; pride lives in denial.
- Humility increases teachability; pride gets defensive.
- Humility stimulates creativity; pride is close-minded.
- Humility builds team morality and loyalty; pride breeds low morale in those around us and high turnover in friends and employees.
- Humility pursues excellence; pride settles for mediocrity. Note: Pride might create drive for excellence initially, but ultimately allows you to stop striving under the belief that you are already the best.
- Humility brings balance; pride leads to being a workaholic. Note: Pride convinces us we have to be involved in and in control of everything. It keeps us from letting go and delegating, because if we do, things might fail. And if things do succeed, we might not get the credit.
- Humility promotes relevance; pride leads to being out of touch. Note: When we are prideful we don’t see a need for change or improvement. Humility is always open to new and better ways.
So, stop striving for the top, come down the ladder, and give humility a try. I Peter 5:6 instructs “humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”
Can you think of an example of someone who has a true spirit of humility and yet exhibits greatness in his or her life?
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