Tuesday, March 23, 2010

31 Virtues for Our Kids ~ Humility


Over the next few months we will be praying for
31 Virtues for our Kids maybe even for ourselves too!

Titus 3:2 (New International Version)
2to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.

Humility- the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank, etc.

The opposite of humility is pride, thinking of your self better than others. Sometime humility can be hard thing to teach to a kid. You want them to always do their best and be proud of what they do. However, you do not want them to become prideful about themselves. I think that can be a hard thing for kids to get and work out in their little lives.

Probably, the best way for them to understand this virtue is for us, as parents, to be their example. We need to do our best at all we do but never be prideful about who we are. We need to examine our motivations because at the heart of some things we do them out of our own pride. We have little eyes always watching us and to some degree becoming like us.

I think one of the best ways to begin to teach them this idea of humility is by using the "Golden Rule" ...."Do unto to others as you would have them do to you." I actually had to use this in my daughter's classroom while helping yesterday. One of the little girls was playing with another girl and called her a loser. I asked her if that was a kind thing to say and is that what she would want others to call her. She did agree that it was unkind and that she would not like it if she was called a loser. She then went over to the girl and said she was sorry.

We must look for opportunities to teach our children these simple but profound truths.

*"God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all"

*by Bob Hostetler, it is excerpted from Pray! magazine issue #4, 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Kids

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