I think we get confused about humility. For years I thought humility was making sure other people associated me with lowliness. I believed humility was a character trait I could turn on and off. I liked my friends to recognize my humility and compliment me on mine.
Paul had a handle on humility in Philippians.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility, consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only for your own interests, but also in the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 NIV
Humility, I believe, is not thinking less of yourself. It is thinking of yourself less.
For us type A control freaks considering others’ interests more important than our own is a tough pill to swallow.
Are you a humble person?
If you answered "Yes" you're not humble.
It might be a helpful today to consider our relationships. Do we feel more important than someone? Have we shied away from associating with anyone different from us? Do we consider anyone we know “less than” us? (I’m doing this exercise today.)
Check yourselves against these:
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Philippians 2:1-13