Humility is the basis of honor…

“Humility forms the basis of honor, just as the low ground forms the foundation of a high elevation.”

Bruce Lee

The dictionary defines humility as “a modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness.” Notice that it doesn’t say a “low view of one’s own self.” The dictionary defines honor as “adherence to what is right or to a conventional standard of conduct.”

Thinking about how a ‘modest or low view of one’s own importance” as it relates to honor is very thought provoking. To adhere to what is right means that you first must have humility because without it, you could easily fall prey to the distractions and temptations of the world. If you think about it you don’t hear about many truly humble people behaving in dishonorable ways. But it doesn’t take much of a leap to think of people without humility who act dishonorably. This reminds me of one of my favorite verses from Proverbs.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2

How do you work on your humility? How do you lower your view of your own importance? Focus on others, and what you can do for them, not what they can do for you. Serve others…

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