“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” – C.S. Lewis
Have you ever thought like me and like many other people that to be humble means that you have to think little of yourself?
I used to think that to be humble meant that I had to believe that I’m not special and I shouldn’t be too confident in myself because that can lead to arrogance. But that problem with that kind of “stinkin’ thinkin'” (as Zig Ziglar would call it) is that that kind of mindset can actually set you up for a mediocre and unfulfilling life. Because you never let yourself have the confidence to share your gifts with the world.
You see there’s a major difference between being confident in yourself and being arrogant. Being arrogant is thinking you’re more important than everyone. Being confident is simply believing in yourself. Being confident is knowing that you were created for a purpose and God gave you a gift, something that you are excellent at that He wants you to use for His glory and to serve others. You can be highly confident without having an ounce of arrogance.
Try this mental shift. Instead of asking, “what’s in it for me?” ask yourself, “what can I offer?”
Its in our human nature to ask, “what’s in it for me?” when it comes to things like our jobs, relationships and unfortunately our church and relationship with God sometimes. And its not always a bad question to ask, but stop and think for a second… how selfish is that question? But when you change your thinking to, “what can I offer?” now all of a sudden the focus is not about how YOU can benefit but how you can benefit others. You aren’t thinking less of yourself, you are just thinking of yourself less. And that is what true humility is all about.
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