The same attitude that Christ Jesus had ...

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. [Philippians 2:3-5 NLT]

The heart of humility is not so much our opinion of ourselves but our opinion about others. Humility is not a narcissistic quest to debase ourselves in some monastic self-flagellating fashion but an attitude that sees ourselves in the context of something greater. A humble person is willing to put themselves on the line for others. There is no greater example of this than the incarnation, life and death of God the Son. On the cross Jesus showed us personified humility.

I think that Mother Teresa was a humble person. Here is something that she once said: "Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work." She saw humility as something more than an attitude. Teresa of Calcutta set an example for all of us as she touched others with the loving hands of Christ. This is the kind of humility that changes the world.

Transform us dear Lord. We do not possess humility. Help us to not to be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.

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