Sunday, July 24, 2011

the explorer's virtue

Humility coincides with courage. It is the explorer’s virtue, calling you out of yourself into the wild mystery of another. It is a leap into an unknown world, decisive and selfless.

The Son of God leapt into our world to identify with us. (If the incarnation did not take courage, I don’t know what would!) This "leaping" is the essence of humility. The text in Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi says that such an act required Jesus to “empty himself.” If we are to practice humility, we must do likewise. Since humility is the practice of self-emptiness, it is not for the faint of heart. Indeed, it is the very power of God. Humility, therefore, coincides with courage.

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