By Niki Packer
Who are the most arrogant human beings on the planet? If you've ever spent time around middle school boys, I think you'll agree that they are arguably the most conceited group of people alive. At least in my household this is true. It cracks me up to listen to my son and his friends in the van after practices, comparing their great sports moments and telling each other about their awe-inspiring stats and plays.
But I’ll share a secret with you. Their arrogance comes from a lack of confidence. They don't yet know who they are or where they are going. They have a taste of independence, but not enough experience to back it up, so they find themselves displeased with this person in the mirror whom they barely recognize. Their arrogance is actually a cover-up for self-doubt.
And as adults we're the same. We also have the tendency to cover up self doubt when we are looking for identity outside of the Savior.
I was reminded recently that Moses was the most humble man on the face of the earth (Num. 12:3). This made me wonder where his humility came from and how I can foster that humility in my own life. Moses was raised in the palace of Egypt as the grandson of Pharaoh. But he was an adopted Hebrew, so he never quite fit in with the royal crowd. He had a speech problem, which likely caused him a lifetime of self-doubt. He killed a man in anger and vengeance. Are these the reasons for Moses' great humility? Did he think so poorly of himself that he was humble? I don't think so. "True humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less" (Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life).
I believe Moses' humility came from confidence in his relationship with the Father. "The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend" (Ex 33:12). He had nothing to prove to the world because he was intimate with the One who had proven Himself faithful over and over.
We're all able to have the same humility that Moses had, and it comes from the confidence of being with the Father. When we KNOW our place and identity in our Savior, we can be fully confident, and that confidence breeds humility. Today I encourage you to spend time with your Father, asking Him how He sees you. I pray He gives you a beautiful picture from His eyes. I think it will bring you a confidence that will foster humility.