Humility - "Humility is an acknowledgement that your talents and abilities are gifts from God. It is not a sign of weakness, timidity, or fear; it is an indication that you know where your true strength lies. You can be both humble and fearless. You can be both humble and courageous...The Lord will strengthen you as you humble yourself before Him."
- Quoted from True to the Faith
"God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble...Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up" (James 4:6,10)
"Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and make amends to them." - John McCloy
"A true princess not only posses beauty but prizes her virtues, and always stays humble."
"Be Humble! Recognize that everything you have - your time, your talents and skills, your health and energy, your accomplishments, and your very lives - come as free gifts from your Father in Heaven. How grateful we ought to be for His goodness to us. How humble we ought to be to think that He knows who we are, and that He is waiting to guide our every step." - Gordon B. Hinckley - Way To Be!
5 Ways to be more Humble
1. Look for the good in others
We are all very very different - but this is for a purpose! The qualities and traits you see in others can either be seen as a strength or a weakness. Always see them as a strength. Respect people that are different than you - for they always have something to offer and a lesson to teach you! Good exists in every single person and it will keep you humble when you are constantly searching and finding it in every one you come in contact with. For they are your brother and sister after all. They are a Child of God, see them as the Savior would see them. This takes practice and patience but along the journey, you will gain confidence in humility.
2. Gratitude Journal
We all have so much to be grateful for. When you are constantly searching for things to be grateful for, you will find out how many blessings God sends your way on a daily basis. Realizing that blessing come from God allow you to focus on him and the Savior Jesus Christ and less on yourself. Give God the credit and find small and simple things that are HUGE blessings on a daily basis. Write down these blessings so you can keep track of all the tender mercies that bless your life. When you are having a hard day - you can turn through the pages and be humbled all over again.
3. Say Thank-You often
There are SO MANY opportunities to say Thank You! Look for them and then say it. Thank your parents, teachers, friends, leaders. Thank those that provide opportunities for you to serve. Thank Heavenly Father for being alive. Thank those that give compliments, gifts, love, support, sympathy. A thank you note a week will keep you humble and focused on everyone else around you!
Turn to God with your problems - you can't do it all on your own and he doesn't expect you to! When you admit to Heavenly Father that you can't do it on your own and you need his help, he will be there for you when you need it the most. This life isn't easy, but he puts obstacles on our path so that we can remember that we will always need his help, love and guidance. Use prayer when you need happiness and peace in your life.
Service is the most amazing opportunity that God has given us to let the light of his shine through us. We can be servants and instruments in the hand's of God if you allow him to work through you. When you realize what gifts you have been given to share with others, and you embrace them with all your heart, humility starts to take over and you feel all your burdens being eased by lifting up others in the process. Get outside yourself and do what God is asking you to do.
Humility always takes more strength and courage which means it offers more blessings and always makes you the better person.
Personal Experience with Humility:
I was at work the other day punching at least 1,000 pages of paper. The paper punches spilled all over the floor. I was slammed with work and feeling a bit stressed out. I was already wondering how I was going to accomplish all the tasks that lied before me. It was near the end of the day so I knew the building cleaners would be coming in a short time. I can't believe I even had this thought, but I wanted to just leave my mess behind and let the building cleaners take care of the mess for me. I was in a skirt and heels, why should I be the one to pick up the mess off the ground. Then Ashton Kutcher's speech crept into my mind. He said "I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. I have never had a job in my life that I was better than. Every job is a stepping stone." I was definitely not "too good" to be picking up paper confetti off the ground. I made the mess, so I humbled myself...got down on my hands and knees and promptly took care of the mess. You know what the neatest part was? God blessed me, somehow I had enough time to finish all my work that evening. Humility is all I want to focus on as try to be more like my Savior. #becauseofhim