Saturday, February 22, 2014

Humility is the key to long term success

There are many advantages to cultivating a heart of humility. Among them is the truth that it is a crucial key to long term success whether personally, in our ministry or business. Think about this:

Without humility we don't grow personally because we are not open to the feedback of others or even the necessary introspection of ourselves. If we don't want to hear what we need to hear we cannot grow, change and become a better version of us. Pride can even keep us from hearing what the Holy Spirit wants to tell us.

Without humility we are not open to seeing new ways of doing things (unless we come up with them ourselves). Pride says that we don't need the ideas of others while humility says that we know we don't know a lot and have much to learn.

Without humility we are unlikely to resolve conflict and live in relational health. After all, if I am fundamentally right, why would I need to ask forgiveness or admit that I was wrong? This is why proud individuals often leave relational wreckage in their wake. Their pride keeps them from resolving what needs to be resolved.

Without humility we are unlikely to see the spiritual transformation and renovation of our lives and hearts. After all, that very transformation depends on our understanding of our need for it and the turning from our own way to His way. To the extent that we allow pride to reign on our heart's throne we will resist admitting our need for change.

Without humility I am unlikely to treat others with the respect and consideration that they deserve. After all, if I am wrapped up in me - my needs, my desires, my issues, how can I be sensitive to those of others. Humility opens our hearts to others while pride closes our hearts to others.

Without humility I am unlikely to create a healthy staff and workplace ethos. After all, that is all about serving others and proud individuals think that others ought to serve them. Pride is a fundamental barrier to healthy workplace cultures while humility is a fundamental builder of healthy culture.

Humility is not just a nice biblical concept. It is fundamental to our personal growth and success. And, it mirrors the character of Jesus, Philippians 2. 

1 comment:

Ryan Gerbrandt said...

I think all you've said is both very true and very helpful. I think that another part of this issue is not just being aware of the importance of humility and even desiring to cultivate it, but also being emotionally healthy enough to truly be humble. In other words, if, for example, we are not mentally or emotionally able to allow others to be right because we cannot (because of past wounds we haven't dealt with?) concede that we are wrong and need to change, then a person may be quite hindered in growing in true humility because they are not able to let down their defenses. Or perhaps they are not able to take the strain of awareness of needed change because of their perfectionist personality... There are many examples that we could consider, but the main point I am thinking of is the importance of emotional health and maturity in spiritual growth, including growth in humility. I know you have addressed this at other times. I just get frustrated at the apparent emotional/psychological blockage that hinders so many people from spiritual growth. I know sin, sometimes willful sin, is a part of this, but some people seem so wounded and "messed up" (to use a technical term) that they are unable to hear from or respond to God when it means they need to change. I can be that way at times too, but I am thankful for people in my life that help me see my blind spots and work with me to grow.

Anyway, sorry to write so much. I really appreciate your posts. I value both those focused on organizational leadership and on personal growth. Thanks for your ministry of multiplication.