Humility isn’t something that comes naturally for anyone, although it certainly does seem to be easier for others to display. I am certainly not one of those lucky few. In fact as I sat down this morning to read Growing Up Christian I took at small test to see where I stood and ended up right where I thought I was – right in the middle, still growing in humility. Some might see themselves as hypocritical – I see it as still growing in humility.

One aspect of humility that I read about this morning came from the book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 10, verse 4.

If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great errors to rest.

Many times I’m wronged, whether it be at work, at home, or on the playing field for soccer. I know that I particularly need to make sure that I remain calm and humble, both outwardly, and most importantly inwardly. How many of us are humble on the outside, yet are yelling, complaining, arguing, and angered within? Is this truly humility being displayed, or can we call it what it really is – hypocrisy, and not growing in humility.

I must be very, very careful not to do this, especially in my line of work where I deal with hundreds of people each day whose lives revolve around them – and I am treated as second class. I need to remember that those people can grow me in humility or can send me rolling down the rickety path of pride.

One other huge point that I gleaned this morning was that a great way to stay humble is to be around others who are more gifted than you – better at a sport, at acting, at writing, at piano, at art, or whatever it is. I’ve found that my pride has led me to quit what I had previously enjoyed when I met someone who was far more talented in an area. I have almost completely stopped art because I met so many people who were much better than I was – and that is quite clearly pride.

There are so many other ways to cultivate humility in our lives, and many of those can be found in great books, especially by C.J. Mahaney. I really would like to encourage you to begin cultivating humility in your life as I work to cultivate it in my own.

Tim Sweetman


Tim Sweetman is a young writer, blogger, and student who lives near our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. He has been much more widely known by his “code-name,” Agent Tim. This name also served as the name of his popular blog, which received over 750,000 visits between 2005 to 2007. In 2005, he quickly rose to become a leading teenage spokesperson and cultural critic within the booming blogosphere, taking on issues such as MySpace, alcohol, homeschooling, pride, racism, tolerance, and other topics relating to our culture today. His blog has come to the attention of people such as Albert Mohler, C.J. Mahaney, Alex and Brett Harris, and La Shawn Barber. Tim’s written work has appeared in Lifeway’s Living With Teenagers (February 2012), Lookout Magazine, FUSION Magazine, The Brink Online, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Virtue Magazine, Regenerate Our Culture Online Magazine, and on many other blogs and websites across the internet like Marry Well and the Lies Young Women Believe Blog. He has also been featured in WORLD Magazine, The Towers Magazine, and Maryland Newsline. He is scheduled to have an article appear in Veritas Magazine this December. Most recently, his work can be found on Focus on the Family’s Boundless Webzine. His personal interests include writing (surprise!) and sports, both watching and playing. He is a die-hard Washington Redskins fan.

8 responses to

  1. Great post, Tim! Thank you for being so unafraid to tackle the “hard” issues. May God truly bless your day.

    Your Sister in Christ,

  2. Tim,

    One thing I’ve learned is that God doesn’t care about fair. God didn’t make life fair. Instead, He made it real. The way we must approach any situation is like this: it doesn’t matter if someone cheats me, as long as, I don’t cheat someone else in the process.

    Good post,


  3. Tim, May I share this on our ministry blog at Real Teen Faith. It’s awesome,

    Suzanne Eller

  4. Great article! It’s quite funny how God speaks to us through other people…Last night I’d gotten really upset at work and was considering finding another job and leaving. Then I came home and read this article.
    I just wanted to say “thank you” for letting God speak through you! I needed to hear this.

  5. God is doing amazing things through you my dear brother in Christ.I`ll be praying.Thanks for the post,it rings true for everyone.

  6. Humble? On Purpose?

    James Fletcher Baxter

    No one can be humble on purpose – as an act of the will. To make this point, try worshipping a chair. Knowing that the chair is NOT your superior – can you humble yourself to it? Humility is the natural result of recognizing Superiority. Without that recognition, humility cannot result.
    * * *
    All too often in churches, at spiritual rallies, and at youth Bible camps, those present are asked to “make a decision for the Lord,” – to make Y’shua Mashiyach Jesus “Lord of your life,” without having met the need to know WHY He deserves this central place in our lives. What is needful is a certainty of the worthiness of the Person Jesus to displace the ego-person of self. Until that need is met – can humility result?
    * * *
    When the Superiority of Jesus and His Worthiness is made known, the hearer will freely choose Him as Lord. That is humility. Humility and Submission is the natural result of recognizing Worthiness – His Worthiness. Making known His Superiority and Worthiness is our major task. Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” John 12:32
    * * *
    “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility…which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility,…” Colossians 2:18-23.

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