October 21, 2010 | 09:31 am

Thursday – How Does Humility Show Itself?

I’ve been ruminating on the line from Tuesday’s blog, “Thank God I’m not like other people.” (Luke 18:11) It shows us that when we become so proud of ourselves that we put others down, we might have a problem with humility. Here’s what I’m wondering: if this is a case of the absence of humility, what would it look like if he were humble? There is a great line from Helen Nielsen, “Humility is like underwear, essential, but indecent if it shows.” I think there is much truth to this, but humility is more than the absence of things, such as boasting and bragging. There is a way in which humility publically displays itself, and it has to do with respect. As I think about the text from Luke, the Pharisee’s problem is his complete lack of regard for certain “classes” of people. If he had any sense of humility, he would have used words of respect rather than those of derogation. Humility isn’t merely the absence of acts of pride. It shows itself when we offer our respect to others.