A Humble Spirit


I was visiting Henrietta’s Hippo and was inspired by her thoughts on humbleness.  I have heard of eating humble pie, which seems as if someone is going through some type of penance.  I have heard of a humble home, which has the connotation that someone is living in gentile poverty. The word “humble” seems to imply weakness, even though we all would be quick to deny that definition.  But I don’t see anyone going out to buy a humble car, a humble coat, a humble bike.  This week will celebrate humbleness.

“Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow.  A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.”

Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 -1887) was a prominent Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, abolitionist, and an advocate of Women’s suffrage, temperance and Darwin’s theory of evolution. Even today, some would consider him too liberal.  To me, he would continue to challenge the status quo…