Humility

Submitted by sjohnson871 on Sat, 09/02/2017 - 15:18

College football kicks off this weekend! I was reminded the other week that legendary coach Lou Holtz got his head coaching start at William and Mary. Holtz is famous as a motivator. In the late 1980’s, after turning the Notre Dame program into a perennial powerhouse, Holtz often used false humility to get the team riled up for a game.  
 
Coming off a big Saturday win and ranked number one in the nation, Mondays would find Holtz predicting the team had no chance of winning the next week, regardless of the opponent. On Tuesday Holtz would admit a slight improvement in their performance and maybe they could stay in the stadium with the next team. Wednesday the coach would grudgingly own up to the ability of the team to play at the collegiate level. By Thursday he thought the game might be a tossup. Finally at close of practice Friday, there was no better team in the land! 
 
Humility, our word for the week, is often confused with self-deprecation. A bit like saying you’re not much of a bridge player when you know perfectly well you are. It can work for motivation, Lou Holtz has made a career out of it. Frankly, this kind of humility is more like gamesmanship.  
 
Frederick Buchner notes that true Humility “doesn’t consist of thinking ill of yourself but of not thinking of yourself much differently from the way you’d be apt to think of anybody else. It is the capacity for being no more and no less pleased when you play your own hand well than when your opponents do.” 
 
Join us in worship at 10:00A.M. Sunday as we hear Micah’s great statement on Humility, God “has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:6-8)