Matthew 5:5 says,
“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”
I didn’t really understand what this meant until I had some of the most difficult experiences. God uses the most challenging and scary things in our lives to reveal His power.
I am a Black women who experiences so many kinds of things because of the color of my skin. I work in spaces that are predominantly White people, so I am usually one of the few people of color in my work space. I experience things that happen or don’t happen in a work place that have been painful and create feelings of anger.
To give you an example, I had a White supervisor who asked me why I was not involved in the diversity work in the organization only two months into my position. I told her I was not interested in that, because I wanted to focus on my job so I can do it well.
She told me that she expected me to do the work and that is why she hired me. She said she needed to consult with the executive director and revisit their hiring decision.
I responded and said that I thought she hired me because she believed and thought I had the skills to do the job, not because of the color of my skin. In my head I added, “if that is why you hired me then you are really shallow.”
I went home, cried and gave it to God. I said,
“God whatever it is you want me to learn, give me the strength.”
These conversations kept going for about seven months. I endured them and had the strength to not be reactive. Although I respected my supervisor, I still felt a lot of pain and anger.
God opened up a door for me to share my experience with the executive director that shifted a lot of things. The executive director became aware of the situation, I began to develop a positive relationship with the executive director and I felt comfortable sharing my experience.
Long story short, I ended up supervising the department.
When God says the meek will inherit the earth, this is what it means.
One will struggle, it will be difficult, but mountains will begin to move out of your way and God will place opportunities in front of you.
So, practical humility means getting out of the way so God can move. Humility is a very powerful thing, because it shifts not just me as an individual, but the environment, community, and atmosphere.
Humility does not mean weakness.
In fact, I believe people who are considered meek and humble are respected people and hold a peaceful power. I Googled the most humble world leaders and these people came up:
- Jose Mujica (Uruguay’s former president),
- Joyce Banda (first female president of Malawi),
- Sushil Kiorala (Nepal’s former prime minister),
- Pope Francis (leader of the Catholic church), and
- Warren Buffett (widely considered the most successful investor in the world)
When I looked them up, they all had something in common:
They are selfless people.
There are so many times in the Bible where I felt Jesus could have said something to people who doubted Him and didn’t know who He was. Jesus saw the bigger picture. He was betrayed, crucified on the cross for sins He didn’t even commit, died humiliated and rose victorious.
This has influenced and will continue to influence generations. It was so powerful that people’s hearts are continually being changed.
So, what I have learned so far is:
Humility is enduring difficulties.
Humility is putting aside my desires.
Humility is recognizing God is in control.
Humility is understanding the opportunity for growth.
Humility is one of the most powerful ways to shift hearts, communities, and culture.
My name is Marcella Chiromo and I strive to follow Christ everyday. I work in the psychology field with adolescents and completing a PhD in International Psychology. I value authenticity, because I believe that is where genuine connection is developed. I celebrate messiness because that is where God’s power is revealed. I am constantly learning through the experiences I encounter in life.