Many of life’s aspects require us to develop the virtue of humility. It’s no surprise that Jesus embodied that virtue. It’s also no surprise that we’re commanded to model after him.
Do you want to experience the good life? Look no further. Just add humility to your day. It’s a key ingredient for the Christian life and, indeed, life in general. Without humility, we are robbed of some of the great joys and virtues of life.
Here are a few aspects of life that require humility.
Friendship requires humility.
Chances are you know someone who routinely talks about himself, shares his own problems, and tells you of his future adventures. After a while, you recognize this is a one-way relationship. It’s not only boring, it’s superficial. It doesn’t feel like he cares about you. Don’t be that kind of person. If you want to be a good friend, practice humility. It’s fine to talk about yourself, but a humble person also cares deeply about others. In the course of any relationship, there will be times when one of you goes through a hard time and the focus is on them for a season. Generally, though, healthy relationships are characterized by a give and take. Humility is a key ingredient that makes that possible.
Service requires humility.
We’re commanded to serve others. That’s difficult if you are always looking out for yourself. That’s why Scripture tells us to consider others better than ourselves: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Phil. 2:3–4). Notice what quality the passage says is essential to bring about such an attitude: humility.