Cultivating Humility in the Morning

In C.J. Mahaney’s book Humility: True Greatness, he outlines some ways he has learned to cultivate humility during his morning devotions.

  • Acknowledge your need for God.  “I’ve learned to make statements to God about my dependence upon God, and in this way I’m humbling myself before God.”
  • Express gratitude toward God.  “If I’m ungrateful, I’m arrogant.  And if I’m arrogant, I need to remember that God doesn’t sympathize with me in that arrogance; He is opposed to the proud.”
  • Practice the spiritual disciplines. “I’ve learned that regardless of how I feel when I’m finished reading my Bible in the morning, I can know that I’ve made the statement, ‘I need You, I’m dependent upon You.'”
  • Seize your commute.  “If you used that [25-minute commute] time to listen to an audio recording of Scripture, you’d get through the entire Bible in only three months!”
  • Cast your cares upon him. “Where there’s worry, where there’s anxiousness, pride is at the root of it.  When I am experiencing anxiety, the root issue is that I’m trying to be self-sufficient.  I’m acting independent of God.”

Tomorrow, I’ll post on C.J.’s advice on how to cultivate humility at the end of the day.