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Humility vs Servanthood

Humility is a curious thing. I’m not sure if you can master it. And if you have, it would be ironic to say so. But one thing I’ve learned is that there is a difference between humility and servanthood. I’ve never had much of an issue serving others. I do well putting others first. But […]

The Dangers Of Not Asking For Help

There are two kinds of people in this world. Those that never ask for help and those that always ask for help. How’s that for a generalization? Honestly though, that’s how I perceive it. If you haven’t guessed, I fall on the side of never asking for help. And it’s making me miserable.

What Garbage Juice Taught Me About Humility

“They won’t take it if it’s overflowing. You need to move the trash to the other dumpster.” I stared down at the text message on my phone in a brief moment of incredulity. I realized that I was going to have to go into the dumpster and pull out trash bags, then haul them across the […]

More Of You Means More Of Me

The other day in worship my friend Andrew began to sing a refrain that most of us are pretty familiar with. “More of you and less of me, Jesus“. The problem was that he changed it up and sang out “More of you means more of me. More of you means the real me.” It […]

Love and Humility

Two of my favorite virtues are love and humility. They are two of the qualities in a person I respect most. But it wasn’t until I heard this phrase from a mentor that my perspective was completely shifted: Love gives. Humility receives. Love I’ve always thought of love as being something that happens to two […]

Humility Is…

Humility is not self-deprecation Humility is not deflecting compliments Humility is not about me ++++++++++ Humility is esteeming others Humility is confidence in something greater Humility is about everyone else ++++++++++ What would you add to the list?  How can we cultivate humility in our lives?

Note To Self: Die To Self

I am selfish. No matter how many selfless acts I perform, at the core of who I am is a selfish person. This can be deceptive because on the suface, it can appear that I am very selfless and giving. I recently wrote this note and put it next to my computer. Every morning when […]

Confident Humility

Pride and humility are more closely linked than one would imagine. Some would say the two are in direct opposition. I say they are the same thing, just with different sources. In James 4:6, it says that “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Many will look at a confident person and consider […]

4 Words That Changed My Life

I don’t always respond well to criticism. When I make a mistake, my pride tends to get in the way. Even when I know I’m wrong, it’s hard for me to accept it without justifying my actions. But there are four words that will transform my pride to humility every time. “You’re better than that”

The Pride of Perfection

I am a recovering perfectionist. It is a condition that sounds impressive on the surface. However when you get to the root of the issue, it’s more of a disappointment. I’ve given up on things because they weren’t perfect more times than I can count. I almost didn’t even launch this blog because my first […]