Lent is the perfect time to embrace humility, as it is a time when God calls us to think less of ourselves and more of others. What stands in the way of you embracing humility? Is it your pride? It was for me! Only after I learned what held me back from being the person God calls me to be, could I embrace humility.
For me, I cared too much what others thought of me. I sought my validation from my friends and peers, rather than from the one true source – God. My friends and peers could never fill the hole. I needed constant validation of my self-worth. Once I realized that only God could fill the void and validate me, could I begin thinking less of myself and more about others. This happened many years ago, and I have to say that He still works on me. Every time I slip and cling to my pride, God points that out to me. He tells me to “Let go.” God continuously chisels away at my huge chunk of pride. Bit by bit, He forms me into the person that He wants me to be.
Embrace Humility with the Litany of Humility
Praying the Litany of Humility during Lent is an awesome practice, if you want to decrease your pride, and embrace humility. Just saying the prayer helps one to better understand how deficient one is in the virtue of humility. This prayer cuts right to the heart of what causes us to be prideful and fearful. It also sets us on the right path of how we should think of others. I highly recommend reciting this prayer and incorporating it into your Lenten prayers. The beautiful thing about Lent is that it provides time for us to create good habits. Think about continuing to say this prayer well beyond the end of Lent. Make it a daily routine. Let God chisel away at you, too, therefore, forming you into the person He wants you to be.
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