I’ve always had a hard time understanding arrogant and overly confident people. I realize a certain amount of self-confidence is a good thing. But I don’t understand people who have the gall to think they know everything.
Humility is one of those things that, as soon as you think you have it-you don’t. And so I do not claim to be in the right place concerning humbleness-but I do want to strive to be humble, always giving people the benefit of the doubt (Philippians 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.)
There is something that just rubs me the wrong way when someone is arrogant (Proverbs 6:16-17 16 There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,)
It is a breath of fresh air when someone admits their faults. If you admit to me you don’t know something instead of trying to sound smart-I identify with you. If I get a glimpse of your struggles in life and where you’re not quite cutting it (and not in a self-loathing, poor me sort of way – but in sincerity and realness) then there is an internal sigh in my soul that says “Thank God, I’m not the only one who doesn’t have it all together”.
When I see someone trudging on with her crutch, someone who has tried everything he can but just can’t fit in ( “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matt 5:3), someone who has to cope with some abnormal physical problem that no one else understands, someone who’s lonely, people born with a disadvantage, someone crying and trying to hide it, someone struggling with their looks, people just having a bad day, a guy or girl getting rejected by the opposite sex, someone being insulted, people being embarrassed, generally anyone have something uncalled for happening to them and facing these situations not with a victim mentality, but with a positive attitude – my heart goes out to them.
This is why I think Jesus is such a powerful leader. (So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.Zech 4:6) He came to earth, not as a powerful conquering king like the Jews thought, but as a man of sorrow (Isaiah 53:3 “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”)
This is the king I can understand, because He understands me. He knows loneliness, rejection and pain.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.