For October, our virtue is Humble Hero. Pastor and Author Tim Keller gave this perspective on humility from his book, The Art of Self Forgetfulness.
“C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity makes a brilliant observation about gospel-humility at the very end of his chapter on pride. If we were to meet a truly humble person, Lewis says, we would never come away from meeting them thinking they were humble. They would not be always telling us they were a nobody (because a person who keeps saying they are a nobody is actually a self-obsessed person). The thing we would remember from meeting a truly gospel-humble person is how much they seemed to be totally interested in us. Because the essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less.”
As we spend this month being intentional about humility, we will be challenging the boys to develop habits that will enable them to form some characteristics of a Humble Hero. A passage from scripture that we will be referencing and asking the boys to memorize is Philippians 2:3-4.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Five ways to help your son learn humility:
- Make sure they understand where their real value comes from.
Then God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness... Gen. 1:26
But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) Ephesians 2:4-5
Power of teaching through example. Humility must be consistently modeled.
Teach them to give thanks
A genuinely grateful heart is a key building block for humility
Teach them to apologize
Sometimes they’re wrong: they need to acknowledge that.
Teach them to serve
“Let each of you not only look to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Phil. 2:4
It is our prayer that each boy continues to grow in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man.
Thank you for allowing us to partner with you as we teach the boys this incredibly important virtue.
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