Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.
Humility has been defined as having a realistic opinion of oneself. That’s a tall order in today’s selfie-, superhero-driven world. Acknowledging our own human limitations leads us to be gracious with others, to be less critical and more kind. The prefixes hum and kin are rooted in people! As you encourage your children in their strengths and weaknesses, in their successes and failures, help them see the good in other people as well. Proverbs 6, 8, and 19 tell us that God detests arrogance, that pride brings disgrace, and that kindness toward people is in fact kindness toward God. Teach humility and kindness early in your child’s life. Zoom out as you video your kids’ ballgames and concerts. Give freely. Temper an air of arrogance with realism and objectivity. Resist the urge to worship your children! Remind your own self to be humble and to be kind, and rest in the awesome promise that God has a plan for each human life—all for His glory.
For help in teaching this “B” principle to your kids, try the ideas in my book Proverbial Kids® Lesson Plans for Parents. See how Lucy learns to give attention to others and not just herself in Look-at-Me Lucy and the Rearview Mirror.