Today’s Reading: Luke 9:46-50
Everyone gets a trophy. There are no losers.
Where has humility gone?
We have become a society of entitlement and overconfidence. If you watch vloggers who are famous for nothing special, it becomes very clear that we have lost our sense of humility. The “role models” our children look up to today are egotistical and vain.
If you’re not committed to fostering humility, you will soon find that pride fills the its place. But, how do we teach humility instead of pride?
We feel smallest when things around us are big. This should be especially true when it comes to God. When we show our children how they compare with God, they’ll rightly feel humbled and in awe of God.
If we are tempted to believe we’re something great, looking to God, will quickly remind us how small we are. Conversely, when we are faced with our own weakness, looking to God will remind us that it’s not about us and our abilities.
God is the objective standard by which we must measure everything. If we do so, we will start to become wise.
This is the kind of awe we need to cultivate toward God—both for ourselves and the children who will follow our example.
Prideful people often boast about themselves in an effort to bolster their own image.
On the other hand, some of the humblest people I’ve known have come from families who’ve supported and loved them when they were little. They learned from experience that they didn’t need to boast about themselves: their actions would be noticed and praised in due time.
Giving our children this positive and encouraging environment early-on can cushion us against an insecurity that craves continual affirmation—they already know that they are loved and accepted by their parents.
When we pray, we are admitting that we need someone who is wiser, stronger and better than we are. The more we pray, the more we humbly lean on God. When we pray, we can also bring our pride before the Lord, and ask Him to replace it with humility.
Cultivating a prayer habit with our families can help our children inherit this perspective too. Modeling humility through prayer is powerful.
Children see, children do. They copy our example, whether we like it or not. If we want our children to be humble, we need to be humble ourselves.
And isn’t this what Jesus does? He teaches his people humility by humbling himself greatly and suffering the highest form of humiliation, death on the cross.