I am at a point in my life where I question if I am practicing humility to it’s fullest potential. Through trying to build my personal brand on social media, trying to prove myself in classes, and mentally preparing for finding a job after graduation, I can’t help but feel like I am pushing myself to be noticed for my accomplishments while competing with others. Every day I convince people why they should follow me, why they should like my work, or why they should choose me over hundreds of other applicants. In the past few weeks, this issue has taken a toll on how I view myself. You see, humility has always been one of my core values. It is a characteristic I strive to obtain in every moment, however, I have noticed the three things I have spent the majority of my time on have been making me feel like I am not focusing on it.
So how do we practice humility in a highly competitive world?
Grow closer to God.
God calls us to practice humility several times in the Bible, listen, and apply these lessons to your everyday life.
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11
“Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.” Proverbs 18:12
“All of you, clothe yourself with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourself.” Philippians 2:3
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12
Be grateful for everything, even the low points in your life.
It’s easy to get caught up in the negatives when you are at a low point, but the lowest points in life give you an even bigger chance to grow. Radiate gratitude with those around you, and appreciate everything you learned when God was challenging you.
Be present when you are with others.
Show your friends that you appreciate their presence by being present. Listen to them, and let them know that you care about their lives.
Remind yourself that life is not a competition.
Life is not a competition, so there is no need to compare your life with someone else’s. We all work through life differently and are given different paths by God. Judging our path with another’s will not make your path easier.
Listen to criticism.
There are moments in life when someone criticizes us. At the moment, you may feel defensive and say something against the criticism. You may decide to fight back and point out the other person’s flaws. Practice humility by listening to how other people view you. Learn your faults and own up to them. If you deny them, you deny yourself the chance to improve.
Stay humble, everyone!