Monday, September 10, 2012
The Fine Line
People who have pride don't usually think they have it.OK - I need to pick a nit here. Thinking "critically" about someone is not bad, nor is it necessarily about a lack of humility. Thinking "uncharitably" about someone does indicate a lack of humility. Critical thinking is analysis, uncharitable thinking is "I'm better than you." Fine line, but important distinction.
It's a weakness we'd rather not own up to, but if we're honest, it's something we have to continually address.
Try to remember the last time you had a critical thought about someone.
Teaching requires that we think critically about people. However, if you think everyone is your student - there's a humility issue.
After picking that nit, I will close with the 10 characteristics of humility offered in the piece - they're good:
- Humble people ask for help.
- Humble people give credit where credit is due.
- The humble are quick to forgive and difficult to offend.
- The humble person is patient and long-suffering.
- The humble are peace lovers.
- Humble people live to serve.
- A humble person is thankful.
- The humble person has a tender conscience.
- The humble person admits their weaknesses.
- The humble receive correction from God.