August 7, 2008 Tony Morgan

Humility

HumilityAfter several people recommended I pick it up, I finally got the hint. Apparently, I needed to hear this message. With that in mind, I read through Humility by C.J. Mahaney while I was at the beach last weekend. Here are some of the highlights from my reading:

  • “Humility is honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness.”
  • “The real issue here is not if pride exists in your heart; it’s where pride exists and how pride is being expressed in your life.
  • “The proud person seeks to glorify himself and not God, thereby attempting in effect to deprive God of something only He is worthy to receive.”
  • “Show me a church where there’s division, where there’s quarreling, and I’ll show you a church where there’s pride.”
  • “Most of us spend more time listening to lies than we do speaking truth to ourselves.”
  • “Where there’s worry, where there’s anxiousness, pride is at the root of it. When I am experiencing anxiety, the root issue is that I’m trying to be self-sufficient. I’m acting independent of God.”
  • “For too many, their understanding of God’s activity has been reduced to the spectacular, and it appears to them that the spectacular is something that happens only to someone else, never to them.”
  • “Where there’s an absence of edifying words there’s also normally the presence of pride and of self-righteousness, because those who are proud are too preoccupied with themselves and think too highly of themselves to care about building others up or to be sensitive to their true needs.”
  • “You can’t effectively watch yourself by yourself; you need the discerning eyes of others.”
  • “The crucial unanswered question is not whether we will suffer, but how we’ll respond when we suffer.”
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Tony Morgan

Tony Morgan

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.
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