“I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingness.”
What do you think it means to “remember your own nothingness” and how can that be a good thing? It seems that remembering your own nothingness can lead to freedom and a strong sense of self or lead to a lack of self-esteem, self-sabotage, and self-loathing.
“I think we sometimes mistake meekness for weakness. But it’s different. Meek means you’re strong, but you’re also teachable and you’re willing to serve. And so I think that’s our goal, even in receiving a compliment. It’s not to be weak or to show that we’re not doing anything important. But to say, “Yes I am strong, but I’m willing to serve.” — Brad Wilcox
Brad Wilcox is a professor in the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University where he also enjoys working with such programs as Especially for Youth, Women’s Conference, and Campus Education Week. He is the author of the book, The Continuous Atonement, and the BYU devotional, “His Grace is Sufficient.” Brad grew up in Provo, Utah except for childhood years spent in Ethiopia, Africa. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile and later returned to that country to preside over the Chile Santiago East Mission from 2003-2006. He and his family have also lived for a time in New Zealand and Spain where he directed study abroad programs for Brigham Young University. Brad has served as a member of the Sunday School General Board. He and his wife, Debi, have four children and eight grandchildren. Reading, writing, teaching, and traveling are some of his favorite things.
Being humble isn’t about devaluing our gifts and talents and contributions. It’s not about minimizing the part that we played in creating something good. Sometimes in an honest effort to emulate the Savior’s humility, we sometimes misinterpret what true Christ-like humility is and what it is not. In this interview, Brad Wilcox shares his thoughts on true humility.
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The Hasidic rabbis taught: Everyone must have two pockets, so that he can reach into the one or the other according to his need. In his right pocket are the words, ‘For my sake the world was created,’ and in the other, ‘I am [but] earth and ashes.’
William B. Silverman, Rabbinic Stories for Christian Ministers and Teachers (New York: Abingdon Press, 1958), 49.