Humility is a virtue

Humility - Mother Teresa

Signs of a lack of humility:

  • Making excuses when rebuked.
  • Refusing to carry out menial tasks.
  • Seeking or wanting to be singled out.
  • Always wanting to get your own way.
  • Despising the point of view of others.
  • Being ashamed of not having certain possessions.
  • Mentioning yourself as an example in conversation.
  • Being hurt that others are held in greater esteem than you.
  • Not being aware that all the gifts and qualities you have are on loan.
  • Thinking that what you do or say is better than what others do or say.
  • Hearing praise with satisfaction, or being glad that others have spoken well of you.
  • Giving your opinion without being asked for it, when charity does not demand you to do so.
  • Arguing when you are not right or — when you are — insisting stubbornly or with bad manners.
  • Speaking badly about yourself, so that they may form a good opinion of you, or contradict you.
  • Not acknowledging that you are unworthy of all honour or esteem, even the ground you are treading on or the things you own.
  • Letting drop words of self-praise in conversation, or words that might show your honesty, your wit or skill, your professional prestige.
  • Hiding some humiliating faults from your director, so that he may not lose the good opinion he has of you.

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7 responses to “Humility is a virtue

  1. Ting

    You just described Obama with all those bullet points.

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  2. Ting

    I hope it doesn’t describe me, too. At least not all of them. I’ll pray on that……

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      I got caught up short on some of them. I care WAY too much what other people think of and say about me. If I ever achieve true humility, I won’t need Bob to screen the comments for me anymore and I won’t go all over giggle-festy when somebody gives me an Atta Girl. But I’m not there yet by a long shot.

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  3. And then we have the cult of self-esteem (which is pretty much just a euphemism for self-absorption), which exacerbates the natural human tendency away from humility.

    I think the most useful definition of humility that I ever heard was that humility is freedom from thinking about yourself at all. The times when I’m the happiest and the most useful are when I’m completely focused on something outside myself — whether it’s doing something nice for someone, or performing a task I’ve been assigned to the best of my ability, or trying in some way to make the world a more beautiful place. When I’m completely absorbed in the work at hand, I’m not thinking about myself or about what others think of me.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      Wow … this does seem to be God’s message to the garden this week! I was JUST about to click PUBLISH on a blog about the prosperity gospel when I saw my “you’ve got a comment” icon light up!

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