10 ways to lovingly walk in humility

Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. -Matthew 18:4

He has told you, O man, what is good; 
And what does the LORD require of you 
But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? -Micah 6:8, NASB

By Tami Heim

June arrives this week in its predictable place behind May. It settles comfortably in the middle of this year, even though it feels like a moment ago that January announced another new year beginning. Was it really six months ago that Alece, at Grit & Glory, sweetly disrupted our thinking as usual with the idea of a one-word non-resolution resolution?

Instead of penning the long list of ‘sort-of want-to-do’ resolutions, Alece’s idea was to pick one simple, powerful word, and live by it. Today we’re going back to our sticky one word pick for 2011 – Humility.

So what does it look like to lovingly walk in humility?  Let’s review.

Will you walk this way?

1. Show gratitude daily. Look at the world with wide-eyed wonder and appreciate the places where goodness and grace abound. Bundle words of thanks as a gift to those you love. Offer a song of praise in both the easy and hard places. (Colossians 3:17)

2.  Be honest. Know your weaknesses and trust God to bridge the gaps. Recognize your gifts and talents, not your own ability. Be eager to receive in love when truth is spoken to you.  Wrap the feedback you give in tenderness. (Colossians 3:9-10)

3.  Take responsibility. Look in the mirror, not out of the window when things go wrong. Be quick to apologize and seek forgiveness. Own what do and do well what you own. (2 Peter 1:10)

4.  Choose contentment. Focus on where you are right now and be anxious for nothing. Carry the burden for those that have less and celebrate those that have more. Accept that the season you are in as exactly where God wants you to be. (Philippians 4:6-7)

5.  Affirm others. Share the good you see in others that they may not be able to see in themselves. Value people and let them know they matter to you.  Create new possibilities and always believe the best. (Philippians 1:3,27)

6.  Move in quiet confidence. Embrace the mercy and grace allotted for you each day, and then give them both away. Know there’s not a mistake you can make that God hasn’t already covered.  Remember that same grace covers your neighbor, too.(Isaiah 43:2)

7.  Be forgiving. Forgive offenses as soon as they happen. Expect nothing and give everything, no matter how much the world thinks you’ve been wronged. Strive to understand before you’re understood.  (Colossians 3:13)

8.  Live to serve. Be quick to help, even when it’s not convenient. Offer your best to improve someone’s ideas or situation and ‘gift’ him or her the credit for it. Make following first be the way you lead. Do everything you do all for Him. (Colossians 3:23,24)

9.  Be teachable. Keep your heart wide open. Admit what you don’t know and allow people to pour into your life. Let all you learn bless and be a blessing to others.  (Jeremiah 33:3)

10. Extend kindness. Approach each day with gentleness and generousity. Find unexpected ways to surprise and bring delight. Give in secret what only you can give.  (Romans 12:10,11,13)

Are there some things that you wanted to do differently when this year started? Post them here to strengthen or renew your resolve and we’ll pray over them for you.

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  • http://twitter.com/spreadingJOY Marie Wikle

    This is sooo true.  Just the other day my 20 yr old son and I were discussing that no one just “owns” their mistakes.  We do this in our family all the time as I have taught them to do so…along with many of the things on this list.  It goes a long way to keep your heart reminded that we all make mistakes, we all need affirmation and we all need to be more grateful for all that we have.
    Awesome stuff here!!

  • Tami Heim

    Marie – I see you and know you walk this way. You are a blessing to your children. Thanks for coming by here today! 

  • Anonymous

    Love this Tami!  My one word was humility as well and it’s been kicking me in the tail :)

  • Tami Heim

    Well just know I am standing righ there with you in the refiner’s fire. I’m glad we are sharing this one for 2011.

  • http://twitter.com/fisheramy Amy Fisher

    “Expect nothing and give everything, no matter how much the world thinks you’ve been wronged”  I think it’s so hard but so important to have wise people around you who won’t point you to how much you’ve been wronged, but to how much you’ve been forgiven and how much we are called to forgive. 
    Also, so agree Marie, there is such a hard time today with owning wrongs.  Even simple ones.  Trying to work hard on that one at our house.
    Thank you for posting this…such a great reminder!

  • http://eileenknowles.blogspot.com eileen

    This is beautiful! I really think humility and a humble heart is the key to it all!  Learning to do this well is the solution to so many other things too.

  • Tami Heim

    I get that Amy. It’s easy and comforting to have people come to our rescue, but sometimes it enables the wrong thinking and behaviors in us. God never promises a ‘fair’ life – actually He promises the opposite. It’s the cup we drink when we commit to follow Him. If we can replace what we feel when we are wronged with forgiveness, everything changes and we are one step closer to becoming what He calls us to be. Thank you for sharing that wisdom with us here today. You just guided us to the bridget that leads to the other side. Bless you.
    Trust prayers are being answered today!

  • Tami Heim

    Amen, Eileen. Amen.

  • frankfort12

    Thanks for making me slow down long enough to refocus on my one word for this year. Along with it, humility is something that I always need more of. Appreciate this post. Love you both.

  • frankfort12

    Thanks for making me slow down long enough to refocus on my one word for this year. Along with it, humility is something that I always need more of. Appreciate this post. Love you both.

  • Tami Heim

    Melinda – what’s your one word???? You left us hanging here. :)

  • Agboola goodness

    this is wonderfull and it’s nice

  • Elizabeth

    Gosh! I hope this post is still open! I NEED PRAYER! What RICH TREASURE this is! I will be fasting today, that I will grow in humility. I see how pride has been ruining my life! Lord! PLEASE FORGIVE ME and HELP ME TO CHANGE!

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