THE CLASSIC DEFINITION of humility offered by Teresa of Ávila is to walk in the truth of who we are. This means accepting our weaknesses and our limitations as gifts of God as well as our strengths and talents. Given that definition, what does walking in the truth mean for you? How can you regard yourself as God regards you? How can you become more grateful for the way God has created you — in light of both your strengths and weaknesses? Meditate on these words and let them give you the courage to fulfill your calling as a minister of the new covenant. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
– Meeting God in Scripture: Entering the New Testament (via Walking in the Truth)
A lot of the our inner tensions and frustrations stems from the fact that we find it hard to accept ourselves. In our cultural context, especially in one that’s less affirming, sometimes we feel guilty for even appreciating our strengths.
Teresa of Avila’s definition of humility is good stuff.
to walk in the truth of who we are.
Nothing more. Nothing less. The more we are able to do that for ourselves, the more we are able to offer that kind of space to others. So often, we’re focused on other people’s issues, and get uptight on why they are or are not truthful, the fact is this will always be the case whether we are stressed out or disappointed. It won’t change the fact that it’s more preferable to hide behind the safety of a mask.
But when we start even in small ways an honest assessment of ourselves, and if possible through the eyes of God – whether at our best, or worst, as well as that which we are growing , and other aspects which are stagnant, it’s a better place to start.
Good for meeting ourselves, definitely the place to meet God, and surely others would find it safe to meet us too.
My dear children, don’t let anyone divert you from the truth. It’s the person who acts right who is right, just as we see it lived out in our righteous Messiah.
– 1 John 3:7, THE MESSAGE