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10 Ways to Teach Your Children Humility.

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Humility, dictionary definitions say, is marked by modesty, meekness, diffidence and an unassuming attitude. Dictionaries also contrast humility with arrogance and pride.

Yet we live in a culture where pride is celebrated and arrogance is almost a prerequisite to be taken seriously in business, politics and sports. Ideas such as “Nice guys finish last” are touted as “No duh!” truth.

Well, listen up! If we think humility is only for wimps and losers, then we really don’t know what the word means. Humility can only come from those who actually have something about which to be humble. The humble are those who could crow but choose to keep their beaks shut.

Humility is also a close associate of gratitude, and it’s an attribute that simply oozes class. Here are 10 ways to teach humility to your kids and (maybe) ramp it up a bit in your own life:

1. Modeling. Never underestimate the power of teaching through example. Humility must be consistently modeled as a lifestyle, not an on-again, off-again example.

2. Build them up. This may sound counterintuitive, but it’s important to understand that humility always comes from a position of belief, strength and self-assurance.

3. Encourage and help them to be the very best they can be—no matter what they do. Humility works best when your child has actually achieved something. Help your child achieve with confidence.

4. Make sure they understand where their real value comes from. It’s easier to sidestep pride or arrogance when children understand they are valued simply because they are your child, not because they win the race, have a prettier mom (and a smarter dad!), earn a higher income or score the most points.

5. Never humiliate your kids. Humility cannot be imposed. It’s important not to confuse humiliation, bullying and beating down with an education in humility.

6. Expose your child to the great teachers and their stories. Jesus, Mother Teresa and Eric Liddell are all wonderful role models.  or Jesus, there are lots of great children’s books about Him, as well as about Mother Teresa. Eric Liddell is the man who inspired the movie Chariots of Fire, a great film for your whole family.

7. Teach them to serve.

  • Serve the homeless.
  • Serve the poor.
  • Serve their family.
  • Serve one another.

8. Coach them on how to respond. Kids need to be taught to say “Please” and “Thank you” as much as they need to be taught to brush their teeth and to stay out of the street. So why expect them to know humility without guidance? Here’s an example: “Look, Jr., that’s a great job you did on your science fair project. You deserved to win the prize. Now, this is how you handle it in class tomorrow … let’s practice saying:

  • ‘Thanks!’
  • ‘I like the way my friend, Matt, did his project, too.’
  • ‘I don’t think I could have won without the help of my teacher.’”

You get the idea.

9. Teach them how to apologize. The well-timed and sincere apology is a key component of humility. Sometimes they’re wrong; they need to acknowledge that. Sometimes they over-reach and it’s time to back up. Sometimes they receive unintentional consequences they need to smooth over.

10. Teach them to give thanks. A genuinely grateful heart is a key building block for humility. Gratitude, practiced and eventually owned, enhances humility at every turn. The person saying “Thank you” affects a posture that is unassuming and modest. Try this: Every time someone offers a compliment, simply say, “Thank you.” It’s the kind of response that eventually soaks in, grows roots and blooms humility.


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Eric Liddell’s Olympic Victory.

July 11, 1924.
“I need your help, Eric.” Evangelist D. P. Thompson was urgent. “
Not many men come out to the meetings. I think they would come if they knew you were going to speak.”

Eric did not like to speak in public.

He was shy.

But he did not say anything to D. P. Thompson of this.

He looked at his feet a couple moments then looked up and answered, “yes.”

That’s how he wound up on the platform, making his appeal to people to turn their lives over to God. He didn’t chew them out for doing wrong.

Instead, he spoke of God’s love and support as he had personally experienced it.

Eric had needed that support. His parents were missionaries in far off China.

For much of his life he had had to stay behind in Scotland without them.

There he had shown great ability as a scholar and as an athlete.

He and his brother Rob were noted rugby players and when Eric began to run and win races, his picture was frequently in the newspapers.

People began to speak of him as an Olympic Games contender.

He trained hard for the opportunity.

If you’ve seen the movie Chariots of Fire, you have thrilled at Eric Liddell‘s stand for principle.

It almost cost him his chance at Olympic gold, for the 100 meter was his best race.

But he dropped out, rather than run in the qualifying heats on a Sunday.

Instead he preached in a Paris church that day while starting guns popped in the stadium.

Nevertheless, Eric captured an unexpected bronze in the 200 meter and worked his way through the qualifying heats for the 400 meter.

His trial times were not spectacular.

It did not seem he could beat the other fine contenders.

Eric crouched ready to run. It was on this day, July 11, 1924.

Defeat or victory today, he would accept it.

He had told the crowds who came to hear him speak that he did not ever question what God brought his way.

“I don’t need explanations from God.

I simply believe him and accept whatever comes my way.”

The gun cracked.

Eric was out of his crouch and running, head tilted back, arms flailing.

If this had been a sprint, he could not have flown faster.

When the finish tape drew taut across his chest, he was five meters ahead of his nearest rival.

Eric had won the gold in 47.6 seconds, a world record!

For Eric Liddell, however, this was not the ultimate race.

His whole life was a race: a race for the kingdom of heaven.

He sailed two years later to China as a missionary and was still running his race for God when he died on February 21, 1945 of a brain tumor and typhoid in a Japanese prison camp.

(The Japanese had rounded up all foreigners at the beginning of World War II.)

By then, everyone in the camp had come to know his courage, his love and his smile as he tried to make conditions in the camp the best they could be.


  1. Adapted from an earlier Christian History Institute story.
  2. Brooke, Tal. “Running to Win” an SCP Report.
  3. Chariots of Fire. [Videorecording] Warner Home Video, 1981.
  4. “China.” Encyclopedia Americana. Chicago: Americana Corp., 1956.
  5. Henry, Bill. An Approved History of the Olympics.
  6. Kieran, John and Daley, Arthur. The Story of the Olympic Games, 776 B. C. to 1956 A. D. Philadelphia: J. P. Lippincott, 1957.
  7. “Liddell, Eric.” Encyclopedia Britannica.Britannica, 1967.
  8. Michell, David J. “Chariots of Fire.” chariots_of_fire.htm
  9. Story of Eric Liddell. [Videorecording] A Day of Discovery Television Production.
  10. Weyand, Alexander M. Olympic Pageant. MacMillan, 1952.

Last updated June, 2007

By Dan Graves, MSL.

Noah (2).

Noah found favour with the Lord” - Genesis 6:8 NLT

Do you think that the only time God is pleased with you is when you’re doing things such as reading the Bible, attending church, praying, giving, or sharing your faith?.

No, He enjoys every detail of your life, whether you are working, playing, resting or eating.

He doesn’t miss a thing: ‘The Lord directs the steps of the godly.

He delights in every detail of their lives’ (Psalm 37:23 NLT).

Every human activity except sin can be done for God’s pleasure if you do it in faith and with an attitude of gratitude.

You can sell cars, wash dishes, practise medicine, teach children, write a computer programme or raise a family for the glory of God.

Like a proud parent, God enjoys watching you use the abilities He’s given you for His glory.

After the flood God told Noah, ‘… “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth…

Everything that lives and moves will be food for you.

Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything”‘ (Genesis 9:1-3 NIV).

God told Noah, ‘It’s time to get on with your life!

Do the things I designed you to do.


Have children.

Plant crops.

Eat meals.

Excel in business.

Be the best you can be.

‘ In the Academy-Award-winning movie Chariots of FireEric Liddell said, ‘I believe God made me for a purpose, but I also believe he made me fast, and when I run I feel His pleasure.

‘ There are no unspiritual abilities, just misused ones.

The Bible says, ‘… The LORD was pleased with Noah’ (Genesis 6:8 CEV).

So start using your energies and talents for God’s pleasure.

By Bob Gass.


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