Read Luke 14:1-35
Working for almost 20 years in a technical engineering career field has allowed me to interface with a lot of very intelligent men and women. Some of them had excellent presentation skills and the ability to explain very complex topics, while others could figure out extremely difficult problems in their heads.
However, one of the most admiral characteristics that I’ve come across is what’s mentioned here in today’s chapter in Luke.
“For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
It’s not the flashy trait that’s going to get you the big promotion or raise, but it is a characteristic that, throughout the gospels, is highlighted as a desirable trait for any follower of Jesus. I’m an engineer, so I like lists, so here’s three ideas on how to practice humility in your daily routine:
- Pass On It
If you are working on a project team or in a group, don’t take credit for the success of the team, but simply use the “WE did this together” phrase, even if you feel you might have pulled more than your fair share of the project weight.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
1 Peter 5:6
- Model It
YouTube society emphasizes just that…”You”. When everything around us says, “Make sure you get your recognition and your 15 seconds of fame,” Jesus says:
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”
Think about that next post or text you make to thank, highlight, or lift someone else’s accomplishment up instead of your own.
- Pray It
Selfishness comes easy to everyone, myself included. Praying for His spirit of humility daily will help us to look for ways to help others succeed by not degrading ourselves, but simply portraying the humble mindset that Jesus models for us.
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
Prayer for today:
“Father give us a mindset of humility as we interface with co-workers, other students, and family members today. Our hearts and minds always trend towards the selfish, but today give us your spirit of humility that portrays your very nature and points others to you!“