Nicholas Griffiths


     The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines humility as the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people; the quality or state of being humble. While this definition is quite true and universal, humility means so much more. If one needs an example of who embodied this attribute called humility, one can simply look at Jesus. Jesus, during His life, was the walking definition of humility. He never thought He was “better than others”, like the definition states, but He did not stop at that. He served others, He put himself below others, and He tended to others’ needs. The greatest example of His service to others was when Jesus washed the feet of the disciples at the Last Supper. This single humble act is what humility is all about. Humility from Jesus’ humble actions put others and their needs above one’s own.

    Another person who displays of the definition of humility is my Aunt Irene. From this point of view, the definition of humility is being able to admit one made a mistake and realizing our dependence on God, and my aunt exhibits this quality fabulously. My aunt is a professor, and assigns many projects to her students. In the instructions, she sometimes makes an error. Once noticed, she openly admits to her classes that she made a mistake, and then corrects it. She admits her mistakes openly because she has the humility to let people know that she is not perfect and that she relies on God as much as we do to help up better ourselves.

    Finally, Colossians 3:12 states, “And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” This passage tells us that part of the definition of humility is being God’s people. Those who live the Commandments and Beatitudes are examples of this in our everyday life.

     With these three definitions, the definition of humility can be summarized by the passage 2 Chronicles 7:14; “and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” This verse shows that when we are filled with humility, our bond with God strengthens, and therefore, humility is an important part in growing in our faith. Being humble will also strengthen bonds within our community, bringing us closer together as a family to pray and to worship God. Although I’m no writer of dictionaries, I believe to be the true definition of humility to include service to others, admitting our imperfection, and realizing our dependence on God.