is the ability to wait my turn to speak during a heated
discussion, to be at peace when others surpass me in
talents and accomplishments, realizing that all good
things come from God, to listen with a spirit of
objectivity rather than an 'I know it all' attitude, to
be content with what I am, but confident that His grace
can make me better, to be obedient to those in authority
without resentment, to be available to everyone at all
times knowing He will make up for what I lack, the desire
to please rather than be pleased, and most of all,
humility is to believe His revelations, hope in His Word,
and love Him more than myself.
Humility prevents me from taking things personally and
this frees me
from misunderstandings and heartaches.
Humility is that quality most pleasing to God because it
faces truth with love and peace. The truth being in this
case that everything I am and have comes from God, and I
look to Him alone for a constant influx of goodness and
A poor man may have little, but if he possesses faith and
trust he can survive on that little and be free to love
God and his neighbor and enjoy all things God has given
him in nature, in his family, and in the world. He has
no-one to envy him, persecute him, or covet his goods. He
is free to concentrate on the spiritual riches that last.
Those riches he can possess in abundance.
But if a poor man is hateful of those who have more than
he, or wishes in his heart only one thing -money- if this
occupies his mind, makes him bitter and pretentious, then
his is rich in his heart and destitute in reality.
As I contemplate these possibilities, I realize that
neither riches nor poverty are in themselves of any
My heart will be where my treasure is, and that must be
in God. Rich or poor, I must have a responsible
detachment, and know that whether I possess great riches
or give all to the poor, without God and His Love it
would be nothing.
If the worldly things that God in His Goodness gives to
me, possess me, control me, and make me proud and
arrogant, then how can He trust me with the great gifts
If I fall beneath the weight of a splinter, how can I
carry a beam?
If I am satisfied with only the things I can see, feel,
hear, and touch, then how can He give me the vision to
see the unseen?
It seems that the matter of forgiveness is clear; God
expects me to
forgive in my words, in my heart, and in my deeds.