In the competitive world that we live in today, humility ranks quite low on the scale of desirable character traits to possess. With humility, life can be viewed as the privilege, blessing, and the lovely journey that it is. To be humble is to gratefully recognize your dependence on the Lord. In this life, there will never be a time when we will not need His support. We will always have a constant need of His guidance in our lives.
In my life, I have attained humility through my dancing and gymnastics. I know where my true strength lies by understanding that my talents and abilities are gifts from God. This does not mean that I do not work hard every day to try to increase my talents. It means that I try my best and do all that I can on my part, so that He can step in and improve the outcome of my efforts. I know it’s important to work hard to improve your talents and to stay humble when you are victorious. I would not be the dancer or gymnast I am today without His loving hand and guidance in my life. I find that absolutely incredible. He knows my passion for athletics, He knows that I can be a shining example through my dancing and gymnastics, and because of that He has given me the talent to do so.
It’s not a sign of weakness to acknowledge that your Heavenly Father has given you your talents, in fact, it’s a sign of humility. You can be both confident and humble. But you must find the right balance between the two. Unfortunately there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. While confidence smiles, arrogance smirks.
C. S. Lewis says, “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, cleverer, or better-looking than others. If everyone else became equally rich, or clever, or good-looking there would be nothing to be proud about. It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest.”
Therefore, be proud. Be proud of yourself and all that you have accomplished with the Lord’s help. Humility isn’t about denying your strengths, but do not take pride in comparing yourself to others. Remember that after a chess game, the king and the pawn both go back into the same box.
We are all children of God. Not one better than another. True humility can be found in our greatest example, Jesus Christ. During His time on this earth, He consistently acknowledged that his strength came from his dependence on our Heavenly Father. In Doctrine and Covenants 112:10 it says “Be thou humble, and The Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answers to thy prayers” Those who find humility in success will be strengthened by the Lord.
I believe Jesus Christ perfectly personifies humility. I know that humility will lead to gratitude and love for one another. Humility values other’s thoughts and feelings. Humility is willing to receive and give help when needed. Humility reminds us to be thankful for our successes rather than being boastful. I know that humility is an essential trait to possess to live a happy and successful life.