Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Secret of Rivers

"Perfect humility dispenses with modesty." - C.S. Lewis

There is much that is astonishing about our existence.  We were made in the likeness of God.  God loved us enough to send his only Son to die a death we deserved so that we could be with Him forever in paradise; we who are the cause and purpose of his death.  While these things are astonishing that they would be so, they are certainly not cause for use to think much of ourselves.  Humility, of course, is the opposite of pride.  By it's very nature it is the most difficult of any virtue to attain.  Every sin we commit is caused at its root by pride.  We say to ourselves that our way is more important than God's way.

Yet when we think of humility, we often mistake it with modesty in attitude.  But true humility has no need of such a thing because true humility doesn't think of itself in the first place.  They simply are who they are by the grace of God.  The truly humble person doesn't consider themselves from the start, not "I need to work on being more modest".  They focus on God primarily and others as an outflow of that primary focus.  When focusing on honoring and glorifying God, it is hard to feel puffed up.

What a difficult virtue humility is, yet it is what we are called to.  Pride is the original sin, and the root cause of so many others.  Weeding it out may be most difficult of all, but it is worth every effort and struggle toward that goal!  We strive onward in the strength and grace of our God.

'You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,' said Aslan. 'And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor in earth.' - C.S. Lewis

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well said, Anthony! © 2010. layout by Chaotic Soul :: Converted by Randomness