Humility can become a dynamic force when breaking from a more private notion of spirituality to a more public notion. This humble force cultivates inspiration and influence when one learns not to think less of oneself but think of oneself less.
As a spiritual principle, humility is recognition of self in relationship to God. The writer of the Epistle to the Philippians urged:
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus (Ch 2. 3 – 5).”
The break to a more public notion of spirituality because of humility will enhance one’s public engagement, especially when not just looking out for your own interests but also for the interests of others. Thinking of oneself less and more about others is essential. Not to think less of oneself or others is also fundamental to influencing, implementing, and inferring solutions to a seemingly intractable social struggle. When your actions match your words, a strong sense of integrity will be sensed by others.
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