Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Quotation Tuesday!

"Humility properly placed is the only sure foundation of leadership.
~ Theodore Roosevelt

I was reminded of this quotation after reading this blog post over at the Rebelution this morning. Theodore Roosevelt did not only say this, he lived it! I would encourage you to read a biography about Roosevelt, he was truly a remarkable man. A man of faith and humility who stood up for what he believed. My favorite is Carry a Big Stick: The Uncommon Heroism of Theodore Roosevelt by George Grant. May we follow the excellent examples of those who have gone before us, but also learn from their mistakes.

The key words in this quotation are properly placed. We should not display the humility that is essentially self-righteousness, but the humility that bounces all the glory and praise off of ourself so that the glory of God can be seen in us. I have often been guilty of this wrong kind of "humility." If you have thought things like, "I am so much more humble than they are, really I never brag like that" then your heart is not in the right place and you are not really being humble. Examine your heart, is your "humility" really humility? If not, pray that the Lord would help you display real humility. Like Roosevelt said this is extremely important to everyone, but even more so if you desire to be a leader, if you desire to be a rebelutionary.

Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Matthew 23:12

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