Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Lewis: Humility in the Right

We must not think Pride is something that God forbids because He is offended at it, or that Humility is something He demands as due His own dignity - as if God Himself was proud. He is not in the least worried about His dignity. The point is, He want you to know Him: wants to give you Himself. And He and you are two things of such a kind that if you really get into any kind of touch with Him you will, in fact, be humble - delightedly humble, feeling the infinite relief of having for once got rid of all the silly nonsense aobut your own dignity which has made you restless and unhappy all your life.

Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most poeple call "humble" nowadays: he will not be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who is always telling you that, of course, he is nobody. Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity