I just started reading Humility: True Greatness, by Pastor C.J. Mahaney. I am not even two pages into the foreword, and this book has already struck a chord within me.
Joshua Harris starts off the foreword in this book with the following,
Humility is a funny thing. On the one hand it’s an extremely desirable trait. Most of us, as Christians, would say we want to be humble right? Or at least we want to be thought of as humble. At the same time, few of us have given attention to what being humble actually means. Even fewer have considered what it takes to grow in humility.
In place of true humility we learn certain words or phrases that we believe make us sound humble: “Oh, really, it was nothing” or “Anyone could have done it.” We cast our eyes down and shrug our shoulders or maybe even blush. Of course, we don’t really mean it – inside we’re congratulating ourselves for how humble we look and feel. We want that reputation but don’t know how to get the reality. Like children playing dress-up in their parents clothes, we’re only acting humble; none of it really fits us.
If the rest of the book is half as good as the first two paragraphs of the foreword, this will make for a very good read. I’ll let you know.