17 Signs of a Lack of Humility

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Scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed the other day I came across a post from Scott Hahn on humility by Jose Maria Escriva. Scott’s response was I hate this…I need this, and I felt the same way when I read them. Perhaps, you will too, brace yourselves for the cold stare of reality. 

The Furrow 263: “Allow me to remind you that among other evident signs of a lack of humility are:

  1. Thinking that what you do or say is better than what others do or say;
  2. Always wanting to get your own way;
  3. Arguing when you are not right or — when you are — insisting stubbornly or with bad manners;
  4. Giving your opinion without being asked for it, when charity does not demand you to do so;
  5. Despising the point of view of others;
  6. Not being aware that all the gifts and qualities you have are on loan;
  7. Not acknowledging that you are unworthy of all honor or esteem, even the ground you are treading on or the things you own;
  8. Mentioning yourself as an example in conversation;
  9. Speaking badly about yourself, so that they may form a good opinion of you, or contradict you;
  10. Making excuses when rebuked;
  11. Hiding some humiliating faults from your director, so that he may not lose the good opinion he has of you;
  12. Hearing praise with satisfaction, or being glad that others have spoken well of you;
  13. Being hurt that others are held in greater esteem than you;
  14. Refusing to carry out menial tasks;
  15. Seeking or wanting to be singled out;
  16. Letting drop words of self-praise in conversation, or words that might show your honesty, your wit or skill, your professional prestige…
  17. Being ashamed of not having certain possessions…

 

C.S. Lewis

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

Luke 14:11

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

 

Phillipians 2:3-11

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men

 

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