Meek can be mighty

I remember being really confused by the concept of humility when I was in Sunday School.

It seemed so counterintuitive: Humility, I reasoned, meant shyness and serving other people. But so many of the great biblical leaders—men who came to acquire immense public power—are characterized as humble: Moses is “very meek” (Numbers 12:3); Daniel “kneel[s] upon his knees three times a day” (Daniel 6:10); Jesus Christ describes himself as “meek and lowly in heart” (Matthew 11:29). I don’t think I realized until later that humility doesn’t mean being a doormat. Instead, the willingness to follow God’s direction and set a personal agenda aside is actually a source of strength and poise, and even—as in the case of these Bible characters—of what we might perceive as power or influence.

May 21, 2012

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