Today’s Reading: Matthew 11:29
What is humility? Well, humility is not lack of effort to progress. It’s not shyness. Humility is not poverty. It’s quite possible that we meet timid or poor people that are extremely proud. It is also possible to meet a rich man who is humble.
Today, when people are concerned with things like power, prestige and status; humility is ridiculed.
Jesus not only taught humility, but also lived it: being God and Lord, never demanded places of honor, nor sought popular applause or made use of its prerogatives to avoid any kind of aggression, offense or distress. To all and everyone he responded with love and kindness. He even came to wash the feet of his disciples.
Humility is the way that relieves our heavy loads. Humility eliminates our so called self-control, our sense of superiority and self-sufficiency, leading to the feet of Christ to accept his invitation. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
I am struggling with the thought of having been humble vs. looking stupid after apologizing to a very negative and vindictive person at my job. I wanted to do my part and be God like, but I feel I went way beyond what I should have so my pride was also hurt in a way. So, in trying to be humble and honest, I was left with feelings of regret for having apologized to the extent that I did. I also have feeling ps of frustration with myself for feeling this way as I don’t think Jesus’s pride would have come into play in this situation. The person did not take ANY resposability for her part in the matter so that added to the whole frustration.
Ildefonso Torres said:
There are two parts to your struggle. One, how that person reacted and two, your responsibility in the situation. Your responsibility as a Christian was to apologize and that you did. To the extent you did makes your apology more strong. In other words, very real and sincere. The Lord asks us to be humble specially when we have expressed the opposite. The answer or response of the person is not your responsibility. It only shows what is in his or her heart. The fact that he did not take responsibility means he does not accept your words. I don’t think you should feel frustrated because when truth is in the equation, the burden of the issue goes to the mistaken.
Thanks you Ilde!