Dane Anthony: Humility and Learning From Trees

Dane Anthony, a professor of religion at Belmont University, speaks about the importance of humility and the imago dei in each member of creation.


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Humility: The Middle Road of Being

"I am as I am in the eyes of God. Nothing more. Nothing less." - St. Francis of Assisi


Reflecting on the words from Dane Anthony, use the image above as a visual to delve into the ways we see ourselves as creations of God.

 

  • Find a place to center yourself - a place that is comfortable. Take a deep breath.

 

  • Focus on the small circle.  Think about ways we diminish ourselves as less than a creation of God.  Think about ways other people tell us that we are less than.  How does that make us feel? What are our reactions (physical, emotion, spiritual, etc.)? 

 

  • Focus on the large circle. Think of the ways we elevate ourselves to the point of pride and self-interest.  Think about how other people do this in all its various forms.  Why do we elevate ourselves over others? How does this make us feel?

 

  • Focus on the arrow and the road. How do we find a balance? How do we look at ourselves and say we are no less than our created selves and no more than the wonders of God?

 

 

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Take Action


Humility in Action

Once we reflect on the ways in which humility is revealed in our lives, we must then act on it.


  • Realizing the imago dei is within each of us is sometimes hard work.  Surrounding ourselves with people who empower us and remind us that we are made in the image of God is an important step. 
  • Educating ourselves on history and ways narcissism and self-interest have affected others is another important step.  Racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. are all manifestations of how we may elevate ourselves above other children of God.
  • Volunteering and activist work help us to see the humanity in others.  Transformation happens when we are in community with other people who are different than ourselves - it both humbles and connects us.
  • Find ways to be grounded in creation - gardening, hiking, taking care of animals, spending time with those who are sick, etc.
     

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