I’ve been wondering about humility, lately. I’ve been wondering how to cultivate it in an academic environment, a competitive environment. I’ve been wondering how to not lose it on those days when papers come back with A’s, friends remark on my intelligence, and I make good comments in class.

Thus far, this is all I’ve got:

You may have all the rest, give me Jesus.

Ultimately, I suspect that it’s not about saying that my paper was actually bad, or telling my friends how dumb I am, or refraining from commenting in class. It’s more about right perspective, and not caring for worldly success in view of Jesus. When it comes, I’ll accept my praise graciously. And turn to Jesus. When it doesn’t, I’ll accept my “humiliation” graciously. And turn to Jesus.

(If you’re not familiar with the song, you must listen.)