There are a lot of people in my life who I admire, respect and love to learn from. They all have this thing in common; they encapsulate an incredible mix of strength and humility.
They are courageous yet gentle, determined yet patient, confident yet self-sacrificing.
They are the embodiment of humble strength and it is beautiful. People are attracted to them, these people are the best to be around.
A humble yet strong person is different. Their strength has no desire to exert it’s power over others. It exists deep within them whether others acknowledge it or not. They are so strong, they do not need to compete with others to feel validated, but instead their natural way is encouragement, highlighting the value of those around them, before their own.
These people think and talk about themselves little, without loosing who they are or doubting their ability and purpose.
I sit here in admiration of these Humble, strong people I get to watch do life and I hope to learn from their example. I can’t tell you for sure what career I want to be in, what colour my hair will be or even what my family will look like in the years to come, but I can tell you I hope to be someone with humble Strength.
I write this with a sense of freedom. Freedom in knowing, this can never be achieved on my own strength. No amount of striving or self-improvement can achieve this. I have to rely on the strength given to me as a gift from my heavenly father, a strength far bigger than myself. A strength that will stay constant and beautifully partnered with humility, despite my circumstance or physical state.
2 Corinthians 12:9- But his answer was: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ's power over me.
I hope to be strong enough in my identity, so I can always choose to encourage and not compete, to build up and not belittle.
If you are reading this and you have been hurt or made feel small, by people competing with you, when you should have been celebrated. Then I would like to say to you, I am sorry, that is not how it’s meant to be. I hope that some Humble, strong people will come beside you, supporting you, and reminding you how incomparably unique and great you are.