Biography for C.W. Ray Bakker

Humility

 

 

Never Pretend

Be yourself. We all face those tight moments when we are tempted to claim inside knowledge or special talents we donít possess. Or we make quick promises we know we canít keep. Under pressure we may downplay our abilities because we think it makes us appear humble. Wrong on all counts. True humility claims nothing more or less than the truth. What you see is what you get.

 

Never Presume

So often we think we know what others are feeling or we act as if we can read minds. Humility doesnít pass judgment on why people do what they do or why they say what they say. The humble man realizes he looks upon the outside and refrains from snap judgments, hasty conclusions, and negative assumptions. When he doesnít know, he simply says, ďI donít know.Ē We could save ourselves from a ton of worry if we stopped presuming on the future or on what others might do or say.

 

Never Push

Sometimes we get in trouble because we try to force people to do what we want. This may be expressed by giving commands in a loud voice or by nagging others or by making a series of critical comments or even by using violence to get our own way. If we were asked, we would all say we donít like to be treated that way. People want to be led, they hate to be pushed. They want the freedom to think things through and to come to their own conclusions.

Here are some questions that may help you: Do I talk in ways that make it hard for people to know what I really mean? How often do I assume bad motives in others? How do I react when others donít immediately follow my advice? In what areas of my life am I pushing when I ought to be waiting.

 

This is the path to humility. Never pretend. Never presume. Never push.

 

Some insights on humility from a tape on leadership by Dallas Willard.

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