Just read C.J. Mahaney’s excellent little book Humility: True Greatness. Had heard about it for a little while but never got around to reading it until a friend lent it to me. It’s a little gem – short an sweet, and can be finished within a couple of hours in one sitting.
What I love about it is that it’s super practical. Half of the book is taken up with giving you tips on how to begin, journey and end your day fighting pride and pursuing humility.
One thing that particularly spoke to me was the chapter on ‘Inviting and Pursuing Correction’. I think my pride really rears its ugly head when I think about how very reluctant I am to hear criticism and correction. Don’t get me wrong, I do hear it… lots of it sometimes, but I don’t pursue godly correction. In fact, I don’t even pursue godly advice. I’ve been very impressed and challenged by my good mate Steve Chong in recent times. It seems to me that one of his best qualities is that he seeks out advice before he goes and does something. Me? I tend to be self-reliant (i.e. proud) and just jump straight into something.
Now that I’ve become aware of it as a matter of pride, it is something that, with God’s grace, I need to begin pursuing.