What It Means To Be Humble

by Jon Pinney on May 22, 2009

I’ve recognized a trend among people…  Some people think that humility means that you downplay, overlook, or ignore the greatness within you.  After all, can I be humble if I admit that I’m an amazing singer, or artist, or businessman?

My thought is that to be truly humble, you must not only recognize the greatness within you, you must also embrace it.  You must not be ashamed of it.

Sometimes I think our culture tries to make everyone the same.  And sometimes the ones that stand out are the ones that get ridiculed the most.  So we try not to stand out.

My hope for people is that they will look at themselves and see what it is about them that makes them great.  So many of us look at ourselves and only see the negative aspects.  We dwell on those things.  We hate those things.  Our self-esteem is low because of them.

If we could instead accept who we are and that we are not perfect, our lives will be so much better.  Once we recognize that we have things to work on, we can begin the work.  And by also paying attention to the positive things about us, we can begin to develop self-love for who we are.

Jesus Christ taught that the most important commandment was to love God first.  After that, we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.  Many people overlook the fact that he commands us to love ourselves.

If we are truly humble, I believe that we will learn to recognize our greatness and our weakness, and to be okay with both.  It is time that we stop being ashamed of who we are; that we accept who we are; and that we love who we are.

I hope you will join me in this…

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Unsalkknind May 24, 2009 at 8:05 am

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Ariane May 24, 2009 at 11:19 pm

See I have read your blog. You sister’s blog has better pictures…but you do have some good content. I am ready for the conversation night. As for being humble, I think we have so many talents that most of the time we don’t stop to recognize that we even have. We have been given most of these to help build up the kingdom of God and help those around us. We should be extremely grateful to a loving Father that knew we would need unique gifts to better our lives and those we come in contact with. Recognizing our talents really is recognizing the hand of the Lord in our lives. See this would be a great topic for the conversation night. I hope this shows that I can converse and I would like to be on the guest list. Thanks!

courtney May 25, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Well there is definitely a line here though Jon, and not crossing it is the key. You can think that you are great, but telling everybody that you are takes the humility out of it. It reminds me of this great quote:

“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” -Margaret Thatcher

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Kalebarkab June 9, 2009 at 10:35 pm

I want to find good pop music. Help me please.

Derekp June 25, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I think i’ve seen this somewhere before…but it’s not bad at all

Jon Pinney June 25, 2009 at 6:47 pm


Good pop music can be hard to come by… I suggest checking out my own musice at http://www.myspace.com/jonpinney... (I know it’s a shamless plug).

Other great musicians: Benton Paul, Marc Broussard, Corinne Bailey Ray, Justin Nozuka, and The Fray. They all have great music and are among my favorites.

Jon Pinney June 25, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Ariane – thanks for reading the blog… sorry it took so long to okay the comment. If you read my current post you’ll see how much I despise living online (although I think I centered more on the issue of poor communication through the internet).

I didn’t do the conversation night, but I did do the dessert night and that was almost the same thing. I’ll have to do it again.

Jon Pinney June 25, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Court i definitely agree. I didn’t mean to suggest that we flaunt our greatness… that might be seen as arrogant. My only thought is that we must recognize our own greatness. The worst time in my own life was when I thought negatively about myself. I refused to recognize the good along with the bad. Now I think it’s all good (cause it’s all me) but recognize that there are many things I can do better.

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