Do my motives reflect a clean heart?
Be as a rose bush that quietly grows, buds, opens wide in bloom, smells sweet. The attention it calls to itself is merely from its existence. It quietly and faithfully moves through the seasons carrying out what it was created to do. It allows itself to be pruned and cared for in quietness and its gentle and quiet spirit is indeed beautiful. It isn't worried about what other people think or other roses think or other flowers think. It just is.
Can I say that these things are true of me? No, I cannot. Pride has been a struggle for me in certain ways and I would love to truly model humility in a way that pleases God - but, I find this a challenge. False humility is not what God is looking for an true humility is not something that can be forced or come by easily.
I'm too often concerned with what others think or how they feel - trying so hard to please everyone. In truth, I'd be much better off using all that energy for an audience of One and being focused on what would most please and glorify Him.
Several years ago, I did a word study on pride and humility. Here are the definitions I wrote after studying lots and lots about these two words and all they entail:
Pride: Follows its own desires thinking its way is the only way and demanding the glory for itself, not God. Creates a heart of anger, fear, jealousy, condescending attitude and a me-first outlook. Opposite is humility.
Humility: Follows the example of Christ, who obediently submitted to God out of respect and reverence and to bring Him glory. Opposite is pride.
When you think of someone you know who models humility - what does that look like? What characteristics come to mind?