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“A gentle person treads lightly, listens carefully, looks tenderly and touches with reverence. A gentle person knows that true growth requires nurture, not force.” ~Henri Nouwen

The Jewel of Humility.

July 28, 2016



There is a quality that comes to mind when I think about people who have inspired me the most in my spiritual journey. It’s not a quality that is praised or sought after. It’s not a quality that inspires attention in the media. It’s not a quality that is apparent in many leaders—political or spiritual.



But it’s a quality I admire deeply, a breath of fresh air, and a joy to be around. That is the jewel of humility.



The words that Jesus spoke to a struggling people 2000 years ago mean more than ever to me today:  “Come to me, you who are weary, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and I will give you rest.”



I love to be around humble people, people who don’t know it all and don’t need to tell you everything they do know.



It is exhausting to be around people who feel like they constantly need to be recognized or in the limelight or who think they have some incredible wisdom they have to impart to the world.



Humility is a much under-valued, lovely, restful quality. I invite you to reflect on it with me this Sunday.