First Words

Only we can humble ourselves

Humility is always a personal act of inner volition.

He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
—Philippians 2:8

There is no shortage of people getting humbled these days. From celebrities in the limelight to everyday volunteers receiving awards, people seem eager to vocalize their humility with each honor bestowed, success achieved, or record set.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke last summer of being “honored and humbled” when receiving the remains of U.S. soldiers who died in the Korean War. Hillary Clinton declared that voting for herself in 2016 was a “humbling experience.” Academy Award–winning actor and filmmaker Bradley Cooper noted at the recent Oscars how “very humbling” it was to have so many colleagues pulling for him.