What does it mean to be humble?

Being humble is doing something great without anyone knowing, and then being ok about it. Example: you’re the best basketball player on the team, but never realizing it. You painted a fantastic picture but gave the credit to the one who taught you how to paint.

Being humble is a quiet strength that does not desire to be the center of attention. It does not need people’s approval to feel good about yourself. You want to listen and learn from those who know more than you do. You work hard at understanding where people are at. You help others because it is helpful to that person, not because you will get something in return. You care for people so that there is more caring in this world. You encourage others so that they will be encouraged. Humility is not self-centered, but focuses on the needs of others.

God loves when we are humble.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interest, but also to the interest of others.

Philippians 2:3-4

Take a close look at those verses. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition”; you made the winning touchdown in your school’s football game. Your excitement, however, comes from the fact that the team played well and they are celebrating the team’s victory not your winning touchdown. “…but in humility consider others…”; you’re excited about hanging out with your friends, but Mom reminded you that you promised to visit Grandma. You can hang out with your friends another day, go visit Grandma. “…you should look not only to your own interest, but the interest of others…” your little brother’s favorite T.V. show is on but you have the T.V. first and are watching one of your shows. You know what’s coming, yes, you let little brother watch his show.

Humility is a quiet obedient serving that comes from loving our God, and God’s love flowing through our lives.

For whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Matthew 23:12