The humble shall increase their joy in the Lord.
The Journal of Positive Psychology released a survey last year showing that people looking for someone to date gravitated toward those displaying signs of humility. Arrogance and egos were turn-offs for both men and women looking for romantic relationships. According to the Journal, a woman looking for a man wants someone quick to see the other’s point of view, who expresses remorse at mistakes, and who forgives easily.
It’s funny how modern research keeps affirming the truths of the Bible. The Bible advocates a humble heart, saying, “Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud … The humble in spirit will retain honor” (Proverbs 16:19 and 29:23). The apostle Paul wrote, “Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble” (Romans 12:16).
Resolve to treat the next person you meet with humility. Listen to their conversation, open the door for them, compliment them, avoid self-centered comments, and seek to serve them in some way. You’ll find that the best way to go up is to go down.
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.