We live in a world that encourages my-way thinking.
We’re bombarded with ads that tell us to “have it your way” and “you deserve a break today.”
“Go out there and get what you deserve no matter what it does to others.”
“Buy this luxury product because you deserve it.”
“You’re entitled to be happy, so if you’re not getting what makes you happy, you’re entitled to find it elsewhere.”
And even if in our hearts we know our thoughts and actions are wrong, we rationalize so that we can continue to indulge.
Self-centered people want from others what is “due” to them. They’ve staked out their territory, and they expect everyone to honor their boundaries and their rules.
In short, they are stuck in an immature way of thinking. Mature adults learn that their adolescent, selfish sense of entitlement hinders their ability to achieve all that God has in mind for them. They broaden their viewpoint from self-absorption to include the needs of others.
Humility eliminates the self-centered arrogance that results in entitlement. Humility doesn’t climb over others. It reaches out to connect with others, appreciating them for who they are, not for what they can do for you.
A humble person doesn’t use everything within himself to further his own cause, but rather he desires to use whatever strength or position he has to help others and meet their needs.
As a result, the relational blind spot is removed, giving him access to a rich life full of valuable connections with family and friends.
“Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time, he will lift you up.” (1 Peter 5:6)