In November, 2014, to celebrate the release of Lisa Hendey's new book, The Grace of Yes, I decided to blog daily reflections as I moved through each amazing chapter. When it came time to launch my new radio show, A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras - which brings together my favorite things of God, talking and Catholic Books - I KNEW the first book I had to cover and the first author I had to interview was Lisa and The Grace of Yes.
Here is one of the GREATEST lessons I learned reading her insightful book -- the Grace of Humility. I say 'LEARNED' but I really mean - 'began to take note of will probably spend rest of my life working on' - The Grace of Humility!!
NOW on to the revisit:
The Grace of Humility -- honestly, wanted to skip this chapter because I KNEW the conviction I would face. Hmmmm, That's probably not very humble of me! I used to think learning humility came with trials of humiliation - like the time I prayed to look younger and had the worse acne breakout of my adult life (NOT that young, Lord!) or was awarded a volunteer of the year honor from our PTO and then the absolutely, most HORRIBLE, picture congratulating me was plastered on the front page of our local paper (which was delivered FREE OF CHARGE to every home i my town)! That's not how it works, to quote my favorite Esurance commerical, that's not how any of this works.
Humility, like fame, rarely grows to full bloom overnight. Humble, generous giving of oneself to the work of God involves conscious choices and lots of practice. It requires building a solid bedrock of humility cat can withstand the temptations of too much self-promotion.
If humility, like forgiveness and love, is learned best by the model of others, this chapter does a superior job providing an honest example for each of us to ponder. Not only does Lisa Hendey share in a brutally honest and open way about her own struggle, but she also gives us moving examples such as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI retirement and (what is probably the most poignant story in the whole book) the story of the survivors of the Rwanda Genocide. The reader will find in this chapter a kindred spirit on the road with them along with gentle reminders that, "it is rarely, if ever, too late to course-correct". At the heart, we learn that true humility can only be reached in the arms of Christ. Humility comes not in being embarrassed but in the every day choices we make in our life. Those decisions of allowing ourselves to be helped, forgiving trespasses, or thinking more of others and their needs over our own.
Because good reading leads to good questioning ...