Humility

I finished C.J. Mahaney's book 'Humility' on Tuesday. Man, was it good! I will definitely read it again. It is pretty short and easy to read. He starts off by motivating us by the fact that "Our pursuit should be driven by the amazing promise that humility holds out to us: God gives grace to the humble!" He goes on to say that the ultimate purpose and motive of pride is "to rob God of legitimate glory and to pursue self-glorification, contending for supremacy with Him. The proud person seeks to glorify himself and not God, thereby attempting in effect to deprive God of something only He is worthy to receive." The book is very practical. "How we begin our morning so often sets the tone for the day. I'm convinced that the most decisive time of our day is very often our first waking moments, because they color everything to come...Begin your day by acknowledging your dependence upon God and your need for God..." "The end of the day offers us a unique opportunity to cultivate humility and weaken pride, as well as to sense God's pleasure. How? By reviewing our day and carefully assigning all glory to God for the grace we've experienced that day.....So don't just fall asleep tonight or any night. Seize this opportunity to mortify pride and cultivate humility by setting apart sleep as a holy gift from God, as a reminder of your full dependence on Him and as an occasion to examine your heart before Him." He later tells us to "Identify evidences of grace in others. This means looking for ways that God is at work in the lives of other people." Be sure and check out his list on how to kill pride and cultivate humility here.