The Weekly Word - A Devotion for the Week of February 13
Confucius once said that “Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues."
That’s a mantra that, in the Christian faith, is widely held as true. By definition, virtue is moral excellence, and by showing virtue, we in turn exhibit humility.
It’s not easy to be humble. When we’re proud of our accomplishments – particularly when they took a lot of work or a long time to achieve – we want to tell people about them.
This can be construed as bragging or unnecessary boasting by some, but we should always be proud of our achievements. Achievement drives passion, and passion results in accomplishment.
Pride is not the antithesis of virtue or humility. It is simply a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction. Oftentimes, pride is seen as a bad action or feeling, but in reality, it’s usually just an enthusiastic reaction.
So where do humility and virtue fit into your life? Do you abide by both each day, or do you let them get the best of you in your conversations or correspondence?
A virtue is a trait or quality that is deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being. It’s a behavior that shows high moral standards: doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong.
As long as we remain in control of our excitement and enthusiasm, we can remain humble and virtuous not only in the eyes of God but also in the hearts of those around us.