Posted by loswhit in Authenticity

Humility.
It’s the last thing we want to pull off and the firs thing God tells us to pull off.
Why is it so hard?
Because we as human beings, in our nature, want to desperately be loved.
And we believe that by our actions and accomplishments, we will be loved.
The thing is, that is a load of crap.
Nothing you do in this lifetime will gain you enough favor in the eyes of those around you to fill your needs.
So I have an idea.
Let’s quit.
Scripture tells us in Isaiah 57:14,15 that God lives with the humble.
If this is the case then I am assuming He has a hard time living with the proud.

Humility does not come without humbling ourselves first.
You can’t just wake up tomorrow and have humility.
You literally have to have an action before the outcome of humility.
And that action is humbling ourselves in the sight of the Lord.
Not in the sight of man.
But in the sight of the Lord.

In this world of social media this has become a more and more difficult task.
I think there are some ways to seek true Biblical humility online.
Here are some ideas.

1.  Point people to God more than you point people to yourself.
I know this may seem obvious, but it may be the most difficult action to pull off.
Just go back and read your twitter stream.
I’m not saying you need to be preacher on the corner of the street with a bullhorn, I’m just saying that Jesus made you as awesome as you are telling people you are.
;)
Give Him some credit for the love.
2.  Dive into others online communities and stop begging for people to simply be a part of yours.
This is a struggle.
Especially in a world where there are seminars on how to build tribes and other awesomeness.
But by sharing yourself in the digital spaces of others, you are lifting them up above yourself.
3.  Use your platform to give voice to another.
Every month I try to tell of another up and coming voice that I think people need to know of.
I’ve seen others who I have given voice to actually outgrow my own voice online.
This is a true test in humility.
To continue to point to one who has outgrown your voice after the fact.
But it is so worth it.

What other ways can we practice biblical humility online?
Los

  • Kevin

    It’s ironic that you just posted this, because Pastor Bob Beeman also posted a vlog on the topic of humility this morning. Just thought I’d share it. The essence of what he said, and I agree, is that the key to humility isn’t in our trying to be humble. It comes as a result of a hunger for God and the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. With that, sure, it’s possible to practice Godly humility within social media, not in our own strength, but in God’s.

    http://youtu.be/RpDla8nlaZY

    • http://csaproductions.com/blog/ Brendt Wayne Waters

      Dude, you just used Carlos’ blog to promote someone else. Way to simultaneously illustrate his point and make the rest of us look bad. ;-)

  • http://iChilly.com Chilly

    This is great Carlos!

    Another thing I would add is: IF you have time to blog, MAKE time to respond. I find that those that leave comments & interact with me often will be the very voices that God uses to teach me something new. Yeah, so treat your page(s) like a relationship rather than a lecture hall.

    Love this topic — I really MUST improve in it! Thanks, Chilly

  • http://www.christcitymemphis.org Jonathan McIntosh

    One simple way to practice humility in the twittersphere that hit me a year or so ago was to stop retweeting my mentions. When someone compliments or encourages you online you want to tweet it out to all your followers, but it just reeks of vanity.

  • http://daredreamermag.com Ron Dawson

    Great post Los. Another thing you can do (especially if you are a blogger) be brave enough to share you own challenges and set backs. Let people know that you’re human too.

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      amen

  • aves

    Love this, Carlos! I don’t know what you’ve been going through in your life, but it’s obvious there has been a great change. I used to read your posts and, while entertaining, it seemed like your attempt at “authenticity” was more self-promotion than anything else. But the posts always minister to me now rather than just serving as online entertainment. Thank you for being so open & for letting the Holy Spirit use you.

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  • http://jasonthomascormier.blogspot.com/ Jason Cormier

    Good thoughts. You are right in that everyone wants to be a Jesus type, but not many want to be a John the Baptist type.

  • http://www.johntibbsmusic.com John Tibbs

    #3 – not many people can do that. Thanks for being a honest, encouraging, and authentic voice, Carlos.

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