Prayer Position – Humble

Definitions intrigue me. Sometimes two people will be using the same word to communicate but be talking about vastly different things – how frustrating! I feel like humility is one of those words that can mean many different things depending on who you ask, no wonder it’s so hard for us to discuss!

humble: not proud or haughty :  not arrogant or assertive;
reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission;
ranking low in a hierarchy or scale

humble: having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance;
of low social, administrative, or political rank.

I like parts of these definitions, but I feel as though they are incomplete.

“The Hebrew word avanah is what we translate as “humility”, but the literal definition of avanah is to occupy your God-given space in the world – not to overestimate yourself or your abilities, and to not underestimate them either.” – Dave Adamson, Chasing the Light (read the sample here)

That puts a different spin on things. I’m great at pretending to be humble through false humility and self deprecation. I’m really good at underestimating myself in certain areas and overestimating myself in others but I struggle to fill my God-given space in the world. I tend to either take up what’s not mine by thinking more of myself and my skills than I should or shy away from what is mine, not wanting to be perceived a certain way.

I love teaching. I’m consistently learning new things and long to help others understand concepts to make their lives better. I am elated by the learning process and experience a rush of sheer joy when a student (child or adult) has a lightbulb turn on. When they finally understand a concept they were in the dark about I want to celebrate!

I can teach just about anyone once I am able to figure out their learning style. However, it’s next to impossible to teach someone who simply doesn’t want to learn. If the person I’m trying to teach is prideful and thinks they know more than me, it’s unlikely they’ll learn anything. While I’m frustrated by pride from an educational standpoint, I often find myself as the poster child for that frustrating heart position.

Lord, forgive me!

I am overwhelmed by the number of times I approach God’s throne thinking of nothing other than myself, my accomplishments, and my greatness. Or those times when I’m so full of what I know about a situation that I don’t even bother to position my heart to learn. I often have to repent after the fact for my pride and my inflated view of myself in certain areas and ask for God’s help in seeing myself as he sees me in others. It’s odd suffering from a big head and low self-esteem simultaneously.

Let’s approach God today with a correct view of ourselves, not over or underestimating ourselves, our abilities, our callings, or spaces in the world. Let’s come as we are, no frills or sparkles or additions to make us seem like more than we are. Let’s approach his throne humbly knowing that’s the space that’s designed just for us. {tweet this}


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  1. Thank you Sarah for this beautiful post on humility! I loved learning that humility is “to occupy our God-given place in the world.” A verse came to mind as I was reading, from Philippians 2 (speaking of Jesus):
    “… who although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
    Blessings on your day!

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  2. I learned a little about humbling myself this past weekend during a retreat. This devotional/blog was a great follow up to what I learned. Thanks for continuing to write with passion!

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