"It is a pity that we know so much about Christ, and yet enjoy Him so little."

- Charles Spurgeon
Easier Said Than Done

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
- 1 John 2


I read a bit this morning on humility. Every time I ponder that virtue I become more convinced that humility and meekness are primary virtues that every Christian should cultivate. I do not like my lack of humility. I do not appreciate my too-often-nonexistent meekness.

Somehow, I think, humility is the key to not loving the world.

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Comments on "Easier Said Than Done":
1. Karl - 12/10/2013 2:02 pm CST

Humility is the key to so much.

One of my favorite quotes is "I never trust a Christian who doesn't walk with a limp." Not sure who to attribute it to but it resonates with me. Humility is part of that limp.

2. NHE - 12/10/2013 5:02 pm CST

I like that quote too, and I can't remember where I heard it either.....pretty sure it wasn't Joel Osteen though

3. Flyaway - 12/11/2013 1:07 pm CST

Moses was known as a very humble man. We could study his life to learn a little about humility.

4. damien - 12/12/2013 7:29 am CST

it must have made moses blush as the spirit led him to write in numbers 12:3:

"now moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth."

5. Flyaway - 12/12/2013 11:07 am CST

"Once there was a boy so meek and modest, he was awarded a Most Humble badge. The next day, it was taken away because he wore it. Here endeth the lesson.” Nancy Gibbs

6. Karl - 12/12/2013 11:54 am CST

Interesting the limitations of the English language. Because while we're not supposed to love "the world" we also ARE supposed to "love the world." For God so loved the world . . .

I think humility is involved in living into both sides of that paradoxical coin.

I like the poetry of Bono to exemplify the paradox. Both seeing the hollowness of "the world" i.e. mammon, the flesh, the pride of life, etc. yet loving the world and those in it as the creation of God. Hedonists miss one side of the coin, while pharisees miss the other.

7. Jay Michael - 12/18/2013 12:51 pm CST

Sydney Banks I think said " Humility is not thinking less of yourself but rather thinking of yourself less"

8. Karl - 12/18/2013 1:18 pm CST

Good quote by Banks. I also like what C.S. Lewis had to say:

I would prefer to combat the "I'm special" feeling not by the thought "I'm no more special than anyone else," but by the feeling "Everyone is as special as me."

Churches sometimes combat our culture's narcissism by emphasizing how awful we are and how much we get wrong. Lewis as usual offers a good "both-and" rather than the false "either-or" choice between narcissism on the one hand and self-denigration on the other.

9. mola - 01/03/2014 1:33 pm CST


it must have made moses blush as the spirit led him to write in numbers 12:3:

"now moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth."

10. Lauren Mulford - 02/02/2014 6:21 pm CST

I was recently struct from many sides about humility. I wrote a long and rather boring blogpost on my thoughts. But the summary is that if I meditate on Scripture I simply will not have time or space to meditate on myself.

(I don't visit often enough any more. You know "life" happened. I've got three kids now and met most of you guys years before I met my husband.)

11. Bird - 02/06/2014 1:02 pm CST

But the summary is that if I meditate on Scripture I simply will not have time or space to meditate on myself.

I agree 100%.


(I don't visit often enough any more. You know "life" happened. I've got three kids now and met most of you guys years before I met my husband.)


Thanks for stopping by, Lauren. We certainly appreciate it and appreciate your presence here in years past. So happy you have a growing family!

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