What Humility is Not

Thought After Thought

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“A poor self-image reveals a lack of humility. Feelings of insecurity, inadequacy, inferiority, and self-hatred rivet our attention on ourselves. Humble men and women do not have a low opinion of themselves. Because they so rarely think about themselves. The heart of humility lies in undivided attention to God, a fascination with His beauty revealed in creation, a contemplative presence to each person who speaks to us, and a “de-selfing” of our plans, projects ambitions, and soul. Humility is manifested in an indifference to our intellectual , emotional, and physical well-being and a carefree disregard of the image we present. No longer concerned with appearing to be good, we can freely move in the mystery of who we really are, aware of the sovereignty of God and of our absolute insufficiency and yet moved by a spirit of radical self-acceptance without self-concern…neither overly sensitive to criticism nor inflated by praise…

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