Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6 NIV
In 1974, the country singer/songwriter Mac Davis released a song titled, It's Hard to Be Humble. Here's the first verse
Oh Lord, it's hard to be humble
When you're perfect in every way
I can't wait to look in the mirror
Cause I get better looking each day
To know me is to love me
I must be a hell of a man
Oh Lord, It's hard to be humble,
But I'm doing the best that I can
While humorous, it's also poignant and captures the struggle for humility. Almost fifty years later, the battle against ego has only intensified. The constant temptation is to grab our collective 15 minutes of fame through social media, presenting the glorified versions of our lives to the world.
The thing is, if we glorify ourselves, we can't glorify God. We can't serve two masters. But when we take a moment and reflect on all God has done and continues to do compared to our accomplishments, it places anything we've done in context. I'm not saying we shouldn't take pride in our achievements, but we need to acknowledge they result from God's good gifts.
Every life is full of peaks and valleys. In humility, we praise God for those mountain tops. When we go through those low places, those times we desperately need God's mighty hand to lift us, it's in our lowliness He answers our prayers. In all situations, to God be the glory.
Mighty and Awesome God, we offer you thanks and praise. We confess at times; that we have failed to be humble, placing our accomplishments on par with You. Forgive us our self-glorification. We acknowledge that all honor belongs to You, and we are beneficiaries of your magnanimous grace. To You be the glory forever and ever. Amen.