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To Be Humble is NOT What You Think

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Faith Focus Flow:  Business by the Bible with TC Cooper

 

What does it mean to be humble?

One definition offered by Dictionary.com defines this state of being as “showing a modest estimate of one’s importance.”

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To have a “humble” approach to life and business (personally and in general), positions you to focus on the importance of the Work you have been uniquely created to do, and appreciate (not gloat about) your individual gifts and talents.

To humble in business is to:

–> Pursue excellence in all that you do (Colossians 3:23);

–> Do good work (Matthew 5:16) so you can accomplish great things (John 14:12);

–> Be bold and confident in pursuing righteousness (not perfection) in all that you do and in what your business promises to and actually delivers (Ephesians 3:12); and

–> Know your ability to shine brightly is because you can do all things through Christ, who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).

Why is being humble in business important?

To be humble in business and life gives you the opportunity to shine a bright light on not your personal ambition and glory, but instead on the mercy, grace, goodness and power of the God who created you.

To be humble in business is the ultimate power move.

A humble disposition inspires others in all areas (leaders and support staff) to help you accomplish your goals because people can be inspired by your vision, mission and purpose – not distracted by what appears to be ambition for personal glory.

When you work with others to accomplish greatness, you are directly and indirectly exposing these people to the character and ministry of Jesus. This happens through the way you make decisions and live your life.

Your humility in pursuing greatness is your witness.

Your witness leads to winning souls for Christ.

Let’s open up our Bible to dig deeper into what God’s Word says about being humble.

1) He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

When you act justly, love mercy and walk humbly before the Lord in business, you are (i) protecting yourself and your business from unscrupulous people (act justly), (ii) while showing compassion to all people (love mercy) (iii) without being naive (see acting justly), all while (iii) honor the will of God and modeling it here on earth as it is in heaven.

2) If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Having a posture of humility helps you position yourself to be (i) self-aware of your shortcomings, weaknesses, and sins (ii) so you can honestly and effectively go to the Lord in prayer, (iii) be heard by God, (iv) receive direction from God, and (v) then move forward to making the dreams God has planted in your heart a reality with deliberation intention, calmness, and peace (not … anxiousness, impatience, fear, or even righteous indignation).

3) When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2.

Adopting a posture of humility allows you to appreciate your gifts and talents while recognizing the gifts and talents of others – so you might learn lessons from others that you can incorporate into your never ending journey of being great for Jesus.

Wisdom comes from knowing what to do and what not to do. Humility allows you to see and learn lessons from those around you.

Here’s a final word on being humble.

To be humble is what you do, not what you say. Be cautious about people who love to brag about being humble. In most cases, these folks have too much pride tied up in their identity of “being humble” to exhibit the modesty of this designation.

What’s next?

After you’ve thought and prayed about this lesson on humility, hit reply to let me know how it impacts your life and business. I want to hear from you.

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Grace & Peace ~

Tasha “TC” Cooper (aka Coach TC)

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