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Humility is the idea that “you are not as good as some people say you are” but at the same time, “you are not as bad as some people (including you) think you are”.

Over the years I’ve had my fair share of both sides from people.  I find that when people go over the top in their affection and appreciation of me, I have a trigger mechanism that says–“whoa, they don’t know the whole story about me”.   It balances me and keeps me from going into the vanity ditch.  As good as people say I am/did, I am just not THAT good.

At the same time I have had my share of comments and reviews from the opposite direction.  If you are human you’ll get it and if you live a public human life you will especially get it.  Sometimes it comes down like heavy thunder and if I am not careful I can allow it to send me into the ditch of despair.  But I’ve learned to trigger the same switch “, they don’t know the whole story about me”.    As bad as people say I am/did, I am just not THAT bad.

I think there is value in periodically taking a look in the mirror and balancing out the realities coming at you.  God has shaped you for good things, but we are still human.  Be careful of believing all the press clippings, especially when things are on a roll.  At the same time, when you have a poor event, or even a poor season, you are not a POOR person.  God doesn’t do that.  He takes us through seasons when we learn by our struggles, and our failures and unproductivities.  Be careful of judging yourself so harshly that you lose His perspective in the situation.

When people say good things about me/to me, I say “thanks” and balance it.  When people say hard/harsh things about/tome, I still say “thanks” and balance it out.  It’s not always easy, but the alternative is vanity or despair.  I’d rather go with humility given the options.

PS.  though this post is about “humility”, you really can’t talk about “humility” in the first person.   The story is told of the guy who won the award for being the most humble guy in the group, but then he lost it because he insisted on wearing the badge every time the group met.