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  1. Matthew Hoppe
    January 29, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

    I’ve always found it hard to view myself with sober judgment. I either tend to be too hard on my self or too soft on myself.

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  2. Erica C.
    January 30, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

    “We all of us prefer to condemn ourselves than to allow somebody else to condemn us.”

    Wow, does that hit close to home or what? My soul shivers at the thought–because it’s so true. If I acknowledge my weaknesses to others (cue self-deprecation) then the sting is diffused of folks, especially folks I love and value, pointing out my short-comings. Or so my deluded self-preservation hopes.

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  3. davidmartinhanke
    January 31, 2011 @ 7:39 am

    Yesterday, Someone asked me after the 9am a very insightful question– “What’s the difference between meekness and humility?”

    I think they are very similar, maybe best to imagine them on a continuum of inward focus to outward focus. In my usage, humility shifts to the inward end and meekness shifts to the outward end. So, in the same way purple is red with a bit of blue and orange is red with a bit of yellow. Meekness and humility are cut from the same cloth of ‘not thinking more highly of yourself than you ought” with a little outward or inward thrown in. Meekness has a sense of allowing other people to see you ‘not think more highly of yourself than you ought’, while humility has more of an internal ‘character’ check.

    Either way, being meek and being humble are places to which I am constantly returning for more refinement and transformation. not easy.

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  4. Jeff Walton
    February 1, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    This reminds me of David’s comment a while back that humility is an elusive virtue — it has to come as a product of something else, we cannot directly work on it.

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