“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” -2 Corinthians 12:9
You can receive incredible power when you live from a place of humility — humility is strong. However, humility is opposite of shame. Oftentimes, we think that in order to be humble, we need to be self-deprecating. To say bad things about yourself, to never talk, to not be ambitious — but that’s not what humble means. Being humble means you lift other people up; it means you’re vulnerable. Shame does not mean that; shame means your life is hidden. Hiding is not humility — it’s shame. Humility — a godly kind of humility — lifts people up. Because they are secure in Christ Jesus, they are able to lift others up — rather than themselves. A humble person is a vulnerable person — they’re willing to allow their close friends and family to see their imperfections, struggles, sins, worries, and anxieties. Vulnerability, although it may feel like weakness, is strength.
PRAYER: Thank you, God, for humility. Help us to be vulnerable and to let people see you through us.
REFLECTION: How does it feel when you’re vulnerable with your friends and family?