We are terrible at humility. It’s so foreign that we scramble for scraps of it by mimicking the outward display. But those outward attempts aren’t fooling anyone. Everyone can spot a humblebrag—even the unintentional ones. It’s always awkward when a sincere compliment is deflected by excessive piety. An article at Relevant.com by Jayson Bradley, titled “4 ‘Humble’ Things That Aren’t Humble,” details where we get humility very wrong—especially when we spiritualize it. In this fast chat Ounce of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson address the confusion surrounding humility and how the four items in Bradley’s article scarcely scratch the surface of learning about this elusive virtue. If we are to become truly humble, a biblical definition of humility based on Jesus’ example is needed. Only then can we be free to glory in God’s gifts and rest in our place as one of God’s creatures.

Links from the show:

4 “Humble” Things That Aren’t Humble, Jayson Bradley at Relevant

How to Brag, Derek Thompson at The Atlantic