The quote I am focusing on this week came from a blog post I read a while back, although it may have some from someone else. Honestly, when you do the research, it seems that most quotes come from someone else. Regardless, this is an interesting one to me.
"Humility is the ability to live life unoffended." (Jim Rudd)
It seems to me that we live in a culture of offense. People are offended at the littlest things. All you have to do is listen to the people around you. They are offended by what others say or what they post on social media. They are offended by what others believe. They are offended by the actions of others, by how they act, their attitudes, whether they cut them off in line at the grocery store. Christ followers are not exempt. They too often are offended at something that someone does. In the process, it seems that they are bothered all the time.
To be offended is to be irritated, bothered, angered or resentful of another person. The only way to be offended is, at some level, to think that you are better or more correct than another person. In some respect, you believe your way of thinking, speaking, or living is better than the other person. After all, we are never offended by the person who acts exactly like we do or who believes exactly as we believe. At its heart, being offended begins with pride.
That’s why when I saw this quote, it resonated with me. If I am truly humble, then what people will do will not offend me. Even if everything they say or do is contrary to my life and I disagree completely with them, I will not get bothered by it. Paul wrote in Philippians to “consider others better than ourselves.” In the context of the letter he was writing, he was instructing those in the church to put others first, to consider their opinions, their circumstances and their emotions before their own and how to love them no matter what.
I wonder if we did this if we would truly become humble, gracious people and not only find the ability to live unoffended, but with a lot more peace and compassion as well.
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