day 2718: Humility First

“No, O people, the Lord has already told you what is good, and this is what He requires: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God”

I’m coming back to the topic of humility that we touched upon yesterday.  Sadly, the world is full of pompous, egotistical, narcissistic, selfish and arrogant people in very important and powerful leadership positions.  It may be that right now we work for one of those types. I’d hope that if you are a regular reader of this blog that you wouldn’t be described this way.  But, if you have been forwarded this blog for the first time, you may want to take a quick look in the mirror and ask why? I firmly believe that the term of time that the wrong kind of leader stays in their position is finite and contracted because of their poor leadership style and being. Sure, there are many stories of the bad actors that get to the top and stay there, but for every one of those stories there are thousands of stories of those who flamed out and ended up far from where they desired to be because others didn’t want to work or be around them. Never mind not trust or believe in their motivations. It’s enough that people just don’t like how someone treats them that it will one day become the derailer of their career.

Humility is one of the most attractive and appealing characteristics a leader can possess.  Yet, it is so hard to remain humble when all the signals being sent to us is to toot our own horn and scream our successes.  If you are not a follower of Jesus or don’t have faith in your life’s purpose, it is even harder to remain humble because you have no greater one to keep you accountable in this area.  Micah tells us to walk humbly with God.  I might say it another way; walk with God to remain humble.  Patti and are hanging out on the east coast for the rest of the year and that gives me access to the beach. A few weeks ago I was walking Theo (our French bulldog puppy) on the beach early in the morning.  He was off leash and he was having a grand time flirting with the incoming and outgoing waves, running from rock to rock, sniffing so many different smells of the sea and the crisp fall morning.  I could feel the joy coming from him. But, I also observed Him always watching me, making sure he didn’t get too far away and looking at me for validation that his activity was okay, or not. That walk that morning and the mornings since remind me that when we take a walk with God, it is impossible to be nothing but humble.  To think that we would let our egos and confidence get beyond the grace and mercies of our Lord would be to be divorced from the love He has for us, and we know that He never does that.  So, yes, let’s walk humbly to today because we are walking with our God.

Reference:  Micah 6:8 (New Living Translation)

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