Humility Vs. Low Self-Esteem

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus...”
– Philippians 2:3-5 

This week I have been thinking quite a bit about humility and what it looks like from Christ's perspective. Jesus was the perfect example of a humble man. He had it down. But as a human being I struggle to be truly humble. After studying many conversations with others and learning more about it I realize I've had a mutated view of humility altogether for most of my life.

Humility is not low self-esteem. Being our own worst critics and never accepting credit or giving God the glory for our talents is not the key to being truly humble. That's a different issue. I think CS Lewis was right on point when he said, "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less." That is what we are supposed to do as Christians. Live humbly and love others. We can show humility by listening more to others and speaking a little less in conversations, or taking the time to help someone else in need even when we're busy. It is really a very simple concept. It isn't always easy. In fact, it goes against our very nature. Living humbly does require constant heart-checks, but it is so worth it to live as God calls us to.

Prayer Starter
I pray that You will show me where I'm falling short of humility. Whether I am too bold or too critical of myself in certain situations, that isn't what You have called me to be Lord. I want to portray You in every conversation and bring Glory to Your name.

Emily Thayer