We can give others the gift of humility. Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu explains the power of humility like this: “The rivers and the seas lead the hundred streams, because they are skillful at staying low.” What a wonderful image – streams flowing willingly into the rivers and seas, not because the rivers and seas hold themselves up, but because rivers and seas lower themselves in the land, so water can naturally flow to them. We, too, might consider lowering ourselves so that others can better connect with us.
Looking to offer humility? Try listening more. Everyone is dealing with something, although we may not see it immediately. People love to pretend everything is perfect and lovely. (God forbid that we show vulnerability, or admit we need help.) But not withstanding the faces people show, everyone is fighting some type of battle. Listening can bring us much needed empathy.
This message is excerpted from “His gift” by Susan Sparks in the December 2018 Gather magazine. Today is the 20th Sunday after Pentecost. Today we commemorate James of Jerusalem, martyr, c. 62.
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