People are always saying to me, “Jay, you’re the most humble person I know. What’s your secret?”
Well, they don’t actually say that to me but I can tell by looking at them that they really want to say it. Anyway, the secret to my superior humility is running in races. More specifically, it’s the people who finish before me when I run in races. Here are a few of those kind folks.
This guy started getting his AARP magazine a few decades ago but still he’s able to run in a race without his shirt. Maybe I shouldn’t use the word run. I think shuffle is a better term. Oh, and every five minutes or so Deathbed Man would let out a loud grunt that led me to believe that he was going to fall over dead at any minute. Imagine the ethical dilemma with that one. Well, he never did fall over and I never did catch him.
Thanks for making me more humble Deathbed Man.
And thanks for not dying on me.
Biggest Looser Man
This man looked like he had been on The Biggest Looser. For about a week. He too was running shirtless. This particular race was a longer one so I was able to talk to Biggest Looser Man a little bit. He told me that he was in the process of loosing weight and was running in this half marathon as a tune up for a full blown marathon. And that’s when he dropped this little number on me.
“Well, see you later.”
He sped up and I never saw him again.
I met this lady in the same race that I met Biggest Looser Man. She came running by me right around the time that I thought I was seeing Father Abraham in the sky. She looked like she had been reading Janette Oke books all day. Not a drop of sweat on her. Well, maybe there was when she finished the race but like I said about everyone else, I never saw her again.
There’s the secret. If you want to have superior humility, the kind like I have, you should run in races. Just remember that halfway through the race, you’ll probably think that you’re almost done. You will tell yourself that you are going to catch the crazy person in front of you and that you can coast the rest of the way to the finish line. Do not listen to your body.
Humility works the same way. When you do something sacrificial your flesh will try to convince you that you’re finally winning the run for humility. If you start believing this, that’s usually a pretty good indicator that you’ve never even left the starting line.
The real secret to superior humility is that once you realize that you have it, you really don’t have it.
Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.
(Daniel 4:37 ESV)