Followers of the Pew know that I write about humility often. If there is only one attribute I could wish for it would be humility.

One benefit of Lent is by simply following almost any form of Lenten discipline, humility grows.

Humility includes an understanding that our world is not divided into good and bad, but rather it is made up of individuals having the capacity to do horrible and beautiful things. If we understand that we are imperfect, we are more tolerant and accepting of others and the world appears less threatening.

Humility includes an awareness of one’s limitations and strengths, combined with a willingness to learn and grow. It involves acknowledging that you don’t have all the answers and are open to different perspectives and experiences. It’s not self-deprecation or thinking less of yourself, but a recognition that there’s always room for improvement.

As we use Lent to strengthen our humble side, we become aware of humility’s benefits:

  •  When you’re humble, you’re more likely to be open-minded, empathetic, and respectful.
  • A humble person is more receptive to feedback and new information.
  • Humility can lead to greater happiness, self-acceptance, and resilience.
  • Humility can lead to greater understanding and tolerance.

Humility has a softening effect on our inflexible and isolating values.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


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