In 2001, I stepped on the yellow footprints at Paris Island, SC. I was stripped of everything of my own selfish desires. I knew that for the next 13 weeks I would have to sacrifice my whole life to become something great. I had to become completely humble and submissive to what I was told. I could not even go to the bathroom without asking. After 13 weeks of loneliness, hard work, commitment, courage, uncertainty, selflessness and humility I received the Eagle, Globe and Anchor and the title Marine. This was my dream! As tears streamed down my face, I felt a sense of honor that I had never felt quite like this.
As I reflect back to that proud moment, I think of what I went through to get that feeling of security, peace, joy, honor, and sense of accomplishment. The one word that comes to my mind as I try to create this feeling again is humility.
Humility brought me this strengthening moment.
I believe when we humble ourselves , we are exercise one of the greatest attributes of Jesus Christ. When we have humble attitudes then our spirit is in control of our bodies , then God can work in our lives. There is no greater feeling than that! On the contrary, if you do the opposite and exalt yourself you will be humbled. That is no fun, trust me.
So I encourage you to live a life of humility. Be gentle, kind, loving, long suffering, hard-working, slow to speak and quick to listen. I guarantee you will stand out from a crowd and feel peace and security where ever you go.
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.