One of the most defining characteristics of a Christ-like person is humility.
Jesus is the one who taught us that it is the “meek” who will “inherit the earth.” He modeled this by laying down His life for His friends. Friends He could have just won over with charm, charisma and divine power if he would have just asserted himself more agressively and practiced a little self-promotion. Instead, he chose an alternative wisdom and confidently did NOT defend, protect, or glorify Himself. He did not let some self-ambitious “ego” control Him.
I think God is constantly offering us opportunities to make the same type of humbling decisions. It is these kind of decisions that ultimately shape us into His image — into our full potential as Christlike leaders. All day, every day, these kinds of choices are presented to us…
Will we “save face” and over-explain ourselves when someone at work notices we goofed up on something we were working on?
Will we avoid working out because it feels disappointing not being as fit as the others around us at the gym?
Will we skip church on days we feel depressed, because we don’t want people to see us when we aren’t our best?
Will we refuse to share our art, our talents, our voices, or our thoughts with the rest of the world until our work feels PERFECTLY edited and never in need of revision?
Will we avoid starting a conversation with someone we have serious disagreements with, because there is a chance it will get awkward?
I feel like we are constantly faced with the dilemma of either making ourselves uncomfortable or preserving some shallow sense of dignity in order to “play it cool.”
If we can’t win these small battles, how can we ever be trusted to really do something courageous? Something that impacts history?
If we believe we are God’s children, fully backed by His validation, we have plenty of instances available where we can actually practice walking that out. Let’s not run from them.