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Monday, April 24, 2006

Humility

"Humility is a manner, a viewpoint, an all-encompassing thing...Humility is expressed through actions;...it can be demonstrated simply by stopping and listening to someone. It's essence is putting others ahead of yourself.

...A real test of humility is how you handle criticism. The natural reaction is to throw up an immediate defense, a quick excuse, a spontaneous rebuttal. The humble way to handle criticism is to try to understand the reasons for the criticism, to look for what truth there might be in it."

-Mark Hatfield

4 Comments:

Blogger Kat said...

I had a boss once who used to say, "Listening is more than just waiting for your turn to talk."

Pastors receive lots of criticism, from what I understand. When my pastor receives a critical letter, his first response is to take a highlighter and highlight the items that are or may be true and pray through those things before he responds to anything else.

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right. Chad, thank you for posting this. I think I needed to hear this right now. Odd, but cool.

Steph

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post man. Made me stop and think for a minute.

SP

10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have found that one of the hardest things to be honest about is humility. It hurts sometimes.

Thanks for the post.

Steve

10:07 AM  

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