He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God”.
~ Micah 6:8
I love this time of year as we approach Super Bowl time. If I was an athlete (and I am not) I would have an enormous amount of pride in playing in the Super Bowl. I would probably be one that is overly boastful. We have all met people like that in our lives, haven’t we?
In Micah 6:8 we are charged to do some great and noble things in the goal of justice. But we are also charged to walk humbly with our God. What if we do justice and love kindness and do not do act in a humble way… have we missed an important message from Micah. Has our arrogance taken over and we become a center of attention?
There is a kind of humility that is ethically good and very important in our relationships with other human beings. Humility that is good makes one open to other people, ready to appreciate their abilities and gifts…therefore willing to collaborate with them. This kind of humility stands in contrast to prideful arrogance.
“Real greatness is often hidden, humble, simple, and unobtrusive. It is not easy to trust ourselves and our actions without public affirmation. We must have strong self-confidence combined with deep humility. “
~ Henri Nouwen