The smallest things become great when we embrace them wholeheartedly. They are only small in themselves but they are always great when they are accepted in the spirit of humility.

All streams flow to the sea because it is lower that they are. Humility gives it its power.

I have learned that God descends to the humble as waters flow down from the hills into the valleys, into the river, into the sea; that the beginning of greatness is to be little; that to increase greatness is to be less, and the perfection of greatness is to be nothing.

The world’s idea of greatness according to St. Francis de Sales, is to rule but Christian greatness consists in serving; that the less there is of us, the more the light shines through; that he/she who stays not in his/her littleness, loses his/her greatness.

The habit of showing humility can begin with small steps. Start by making certain behaviors a habit and before we know it, we will be demonstrating it without even knowing it.

I have also learned that pride makes us artificial; humility makes us real; makes us radiate goodness, mercy, compassion and understanding; we reflect peace and joy; we echo forgiveness and patience, strength and courage, a helper in time of need, a comforter in time of sorrow, a healer in time of injury, a teacher in times of confusion.

Humility gives us the deepest wisdom and the highest truth; the greatest peace and the grandest love. When we are humble, we are these things and we enjoy  every moment of our lives. Let us always strive to be all as these things.

Humility puts a hand out to nothing extra, but simply takes what is there. Whether that be food or clothing or understanding. Sometimes there is a lot available and sometimes only little. It doesn’t matter. Even when we understand nothing, we should not worry, for in humility, there is the trust that everything will come anyway, at the right time.

  By Tim Pedrosa



 

Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself one way or the other at all.-William Temple

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