The Way of Progress

Humility does not mean that one shall pursue indefinitely a task in a spirit of resignation.

Moses was tending his father-in-law's sheep when he heard God's voice speaking to him out of the burning bush. His first thought upon learning what God demanded of him was one of reluctance, for he distrusted his own ability to accomplish the task. Many mortal arguments presented themselves to him. He was humble, indeed, in his modest self-esteem, but true heights of humility were attained when he thrust aside the thought of self, trusted God with his future, and obeyed the divine command that he should lead his own people, the children of Israel, out of their slavery to the Egyptians. Moses was acquainted with the work of sheep-tending. He probably enjoyed the solitary places and the inspiration of sunny days and of the starry sky at evening. The position of leadership, however, was new to him. The course he must take was novel and strange. But after he had been shown of God, he knew that such was to be his task, and that God would be with him, guiding him every step of the way.

Man's Spiritual Habitation
August 14, 1937

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