The term "humility" comes from the Latin word humilitas, a noun related to the adjective humilis, which may be translated as "humble", but also as "grounded", "from the earth", or "low", since it derives in turns from humus (earth).
"True humility" is distinctly different from "false humility" which consists of deprecating one's own sanctity, gifts, talents, and accomplishments for the sake of receiving praise or adulation from others, as personified by Uriah Heep. In this context legitimate humility comprises the following behaviors and attitudes:
1.Submitting to God and legitimate authority
2.Recognizing virtues and talents that others possess, particularly those that surpass one's own, and giving due honor and, when required, obedience
3.Recognizing the limits of one's talents, ability, or authority; and, not reaching for what is beyond one's grasp
Wow. That is a lot to take in! Being humble in our day as wives, mothers, teachers, leaders, etc is the KEY to allowing God to bring out the very best in ourselves. When we work in our own strength, sure it might appear to be working well, but let me assure you ~ it pales in comparison to what it could be if we walk in the strength of God instead of our own.
I love the line above that says: "Recognizing the limits of one's talents, ability, or authority; and, not reaching for what is beyond one's grasp." THAT is amazing! To walk in our day, and NOT grasp for more! Not reaching for what is not already in our hands, and not desiring MORE then what God has already provided for.
I was facing a little turn of events in my classroom lately ~ and because it is school related I am unable to go into detail, but to see God's hands at work, and see HIM move in the situation which I just knew I had no control over anyway ~ was a special treat to witness! It was only Monday, and being able to see this occur, it just fueled the fire within my faith that HIS hand is indeed in my life, in my daily moment by moment walk, and HE does care about the little details!
This weekend the husband will be going on a hunting trip. It's just the kids and I. The husband's birthday is Saturday, so we will celebrate when he comes home on Sunday with a special dinner, dessert, and perhaps a gift or two. I also want to spend some time crafting for
Walking in humility is walking in obedience. I want to be obedient!