I am amazing
At being truly humble
You would be amazed
– Ironic Humility Haiku
Is it humble to try to teach humility? Probably not. Nevertheless, here goes. 🙂
Teaching humility is difficult. The most impactful way is to be an example. Be a student of your child. Be slow to speak and quick to listen (James 1:19). Direct your attention and theirs on being curious about and attentive to God and others. Teach them that every gift is from God and meant to be used to serve and honor others (I Peter 4:10). Boast in your weaknesses, confess your faults, and redirect personal glory towards God. Never humiliate your children, but help them navigate humiliation as an opportunity to challenge hidden pride and grow (Proverbs 11:2). Steer clear of competition and comparison. Direct their attention to the things of awe which point to the Creator. Recognize their efforts, but give God the praise for their qualities.
Scripture encourages humility. In Romans 12:3 Paul says, “For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think reasonably, as God has apportioned to each person a measure of faith.” And in Philippians Paul says, “Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3, HCSB). In I Corinthians 1, he points out that God chooses the weak and the lowly, to put to shame the things that are strong. And Paul lived in humility. “I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10, HCSB).
Jesus is the ultimate example of humility. “Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, didn’t consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:5-8). Christ-like humility means submitting to God and what He says about you – over your own or anyone else’s opinions about yourself. When your confidence is in Christ alone, you are free to focus on others, treating them with elevated regard, honoring and serving them. In addition, humility is the virtue that begets all other good virtues. As St. Augustine said, “Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist, there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.”
– edited excerpt from Parenting in Christ: Treasures For Parenting From Jesus