January 27, 2021 Cory Bishop

Proud Humility - Anne Phillips

Proud Humility - Anne Phillips

Proud Humility - Anne Phillips


How comforting to know that the great philosopher and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis struggled with my problem of being proud of my humility. I recently discovered this quote in THE BUSINESS OF HEAVEN. Read and learn.


No sooner do we believe that God loves us than there is an impulse to believe that He does so, not because He is love, but because we are intrinsically loveable. The Pagans

obeyed this impulse unabashed; a good man was ‘dear to the gods’ because he was good. We, being better taught, resort to subterfuge. Far be it from us to think that we have virtues for which God could love us. But then, how magnificently we have repented! As Bunyan says, describing his first and illusory conversion, “ I thought there was no man in England that pleased God better than I.” Beaten out of this, we next offer our humility to God’s admiration. Surely He’ll like THAT? Or if not that, our clear sighted and humble recognition that we still lack humility. Thus, depth beneath depth and subtlety within subtlety, there remains some lingering idea of our own, our very own, attractiveness. It is easy to acknowledge, but almost impossible to realize for long, that we are mirrors whose brightness , if we are bright, is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us. Surely we must have a little - however little - native luminosity? Surely we can’t be QUITE creatures? C.S. Lewis