When I hear the word humble, I can't help but think about Wilbur the pig in the book Charlotte's Web. Charlotte the spider is trying to save Wilbur's life and begins spinning words in her web to show the world what a great pig Wilbur really is. One of the words she uses to describe him is "humble". She says, "Humble has two meanings. It means 'not proud' and it means 'low to the ground'. That's Wilbur all over."
As Christians, I think that is often how we view humility, being low to the ground, inferior, a pig wallowing in the mud. After all we ARE told to be humble more than once in the Bible. So we become proud of being humble, of seeing ourselves as lowly and self-incriminating.
At a retreat I was recently able to attend, the leader pointed out that we are made in God's image. There are over 7 billion people living in the world today, and each of us is a unique representation of part of God's greatness. It has taken well over 7 billion people to even begin to express the greatness and image of God. I am (and YOU are) a unique reflection that is unlike anyone else. We have the enviable job of finding the greatness of God in others and in ourselves. We practiced doing that at the retreat. We sat facing each other in groups of four, sitting knee to knee declaring to each other, "the greatness of God I see in you is...." And I have to tell you, it was life changing for me. But how does being humble, "low to the ground", fit in with seeing greatness in each other and in ourselves? The answer is really quite simple. Instead of a pig wallowing in the mud, being low to the ground looks a lot more like this: