Don’t imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call “humble” nowadays: he will not be a sort of greasy, smarmy person who is always telling you that, of course, he is nobody. Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap, who took a real interest in what you said to him. If you do dislike him it will be because you feel a little envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all. ~ C.S. Lewis
Humility doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention in Christian circles. We talk about so many things. We talk about love and grace and faith and money. We talk about the Word, the causes and the candidates. We talk about other denominations, other points of view and other people. We talk.
If we’re interested in following the One who humbled himself beyond our ability to comprehend, C.S. Lewis offers a few pointers.
1. Begin by acknowledging you aren’t. Anyone who considers himself to be humble, is amazingly vain.
2. However interesting your thoughts and ideas and stories might be, find those of others more interesting.
3. Read, think, pray and play so that your cheerful encounters with people add bits of light and insight.
4. Forget about yourself. Don’t think about your hair, your clothes, your weight, your point, or your wit. Be so preoccupied with the thoughts and hearts of others that you just forget to think about yourself altogether.
Humility goes without saying.