Five Benefits of Humility 10

Do you need some humility in your life? This week’s episode of the Jeff Cavins Show is for you. Learn new ways to grow in humility starting today, and discover the fruits that will come from that growth.

What is Humility
  • Humility is the opposite of pride.
    • It is making the right assessment of ourselves in relationship to God and to others.
    • It is not thinking less of ourselves but thinking of ourselves less.
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
    • “The virtue of humility consists in keeping oneself within one’s own bounds, not reaching out to things above one, but submitting to one’s superior.”
  • St. Paul
    • Romans 12:3 – “3 For by the grace given to me I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him.”
  • On Pride
    • Ezekiel 28:17 – “17 Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you. “
    • Isiah 14:13 – “13 You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far north”
    • St Augustine – “It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.”
    • Pride is very dangerous.
      • It has a way of making us who we are not.
    • Jesus is the epitome of humility.
      • Matthew 11:29 – “29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
        • Humility is seeing through the eyes of Jesus.
      • The Temple of Apollo in Delphi.
        • The inscription on the door says, “Know Thyself.”
          • It was about knowing your limitations.
        • Philippians 2:8 – “8 And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.”
          • Humility is a hidden strength, not being a doormat.
        • Matthew 3:13-17 – Jesus’ baptism
        • John 13 1-20 – Jesus washes his disciples’ feet.
  • We need to take a step back and evaluate our humility in all areas of our lives.
Five Benefits of Humility
  • It is the key to gaining wisdom.
    • Proverbs 11:2 – “2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but with the humble is wisdom.”
    • Humility sets the table for the wisdom of God to come into our lives.
      • It gives us the ability to learn and to be corrected.
    • God looks to the humble to work through.
      • (examples) St John Paul II, Mother Theresa and the Sisters of Charity, St. Maximillian Kolbe
      • Isaiah 66:2 – “2 All these things my hand has made, and so all these things are mine, says the Lord. But this is the man to whom I will look, he that is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.”
      • If you want God to work through you, make yourself humble.
    • Humility prepares the avenue to your heart for God’s grace.
      • We all need God’s grace.
      • James 4:6 – “6 But he gives more grace; therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
      • 1 Peter 5:5 – “5 Likewise you that are younger be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
    • You can diffuse arguments when you are humble.
      • It will allow you to acknowledge when someone else is correct.
      • Proverbs 15:1 – “15 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
    • You do not have to put on a false front.
      • You can be yourself and not try to make yourself look better.
      • Hypocrite used to mean an actor, someone who acts likes someone else.
        • You don’t need to be a hypocrite (a different person) when you are humble.
      • Luke 12:1 – “1 In the meantime, when so many thousands of the multitude had gathered together that they trod upon one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.”
      • St Augustine: “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.”
The Lanyard by Billy Collins

The other day I was ricocheting slowly

off the blue walls of this room,

moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano,

from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor,

when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary

where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard.


No cookie nibbled by a French novelist

could send one into the past more suddenly-

a past where I sat at a workbench at a camp

by a deep Adirondack lake

learning how to braid long thin plastic strips

into a lanyard, a gift for my mother.


I had never seen anyone use a lanyard

or wear one, if that’s what you did with them,

but that did not keep me from crossing

strand over strand again and again

until I had made a boxy

red and white lanyard for my mother.


She gave me life and milk from her breasts,

and I gave her a lanyard.

She nursed me in many a sick room,

lifted spoons of medicine to my lips,

laid cold face-clothes on my forehead,

and then led me out into the air light


and taught me to walk and swim,

and I, in turn, presented her with a lanyard.

Here are thousands of meals, she said,

and here is clothing and a good education.

And here is your lanyard, I replied,

which I made with a little help from a counselor.


Here is a breathing body and a beating heart,

strong legs, bones and teeth,

and two clear eyes to read the world, she whispered,

and here, I said, is the lanyard I made at camp.

And here, I wish to say to her now,

is a smaller gift – not the worn truth


that you can never repay your mother,

but the rueful admission that when she took

the two-toned lanyard from my hand,

I was as sure as a boy could be

that this useless, worthless thing I wove

out of boredom would be enough to make us even.


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