Reading is one of the most fertile grounds for knowledge to sprout well. The kind of literature you read really matters and GLA has always advised and stressed the point of inspirational book reading to its interns; the move has worked for the interns as they come out with strong analytical skills and situational judgement.
Abiti Anyole Hosea, one of the mission interns in the field, has read many kinds of literature but he had to share a thing, so special that he finds in HUMILITAS by John Dickson. The impact that the book causes on Hosea’ life goes without say! He is truly inspired and the skill that he uses to analyse the book is indicative of the secret behind book reading.
He gives the general over view about the book before he is taken through an interview on specific areas to find out how he has understood the book. HUMILITAS is a book written on the human basis and this is how Hosea gives the synopsis of it…
The author of Humilatas John Dickson states that, ‘The most influential and inspiring people are often marked by humility.’ He defines humility as the noble choice to forego your status, deploy your resources or use your influence for the good of others before yourself.
According to the author, true humility assumes the dignity or strength of the one processing the virtue, thus humility presupposes your dignity. It is a choice that one makes and therefore willing, and no one has to impose it on the other. Humility is social and is about redirecting your powers whether physically, intellectually financially or structurally for the sake of others. And it is more about how to treat others and how I think about myself hence the ability of removing a selfish and self-centred attitude.
The author states that, it is plain that humility has been at the core of success for any people. For example Jim Collins admits that leaders who turn good companies into great ones are a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will.
John Dickson puts it plain that Jesus’ approach to preach to those in his time was humility with explicit statements that he made like, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am humble and gentle and you will find rest for your souls.”
The author connotes that Jesus in the scripture does not urge people to accept him because He is humble but rather He contrasts His own light approach to ethical life with the burdensome rules demanded by rival teachers of his period. Hence, the need to know that humility is worth.
Speaking of the Apostle Paul, Dickson says that Paul in his letters to the Romans and Philippians urges the readers to embrace humility. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than you.”He farther explains that Paul also says that the attitude of the Christian should be as that of Christ Jesus, who being in the very nature of God, did not consider equality with God to be grasped, and humbled himself to the point of death even death on the Cross.
From his book I can derive that Dickson’s perspective is that humility also means treating those who hold contrary beliefs with respect and friendship. True Humanity assumes the dignity or strength of the one possessing the virtue thus humility presupposing your dignity.
Concluding his Book, the author in a nutshell, considers humility core in human relationship both with man and with God and that humility can propel you to heights you cannot imagine and is worth of.
On a bit to capture further on what Hosea has understood, acquired, liked and disliked, encouraged or discouraged by, The Link interviewed him on his personal take from the Book:
What are some of the things that you have learnt from this book?
I have leant that humanity is a choice that brings about influence wherever you are. The humble will always prosper and move to higher heights because humility generates abilities and slows down pride. Humility also results into building self esteem and security. It makes you to become more persuasive in your endeavours and more inspirational than arrogant. It also lifts those around us in all aspects of life. To become humble we need to embrace humility and reflect on the lives of the humble. Above all I draw from the writer’s view that humanity is expressed through being humble by embracing humility drawn from those that are humble, the perfect example being that of Jesus Christ.
What are some of the issues you find unclear?
I find it quit hard to bridge the gap between conviction and humanity in the tenth chapter of the Book.
Is there anywhere you do not agree with the author about?
There is no point asking devout Muslims to accept as valid the Christian idea that Jesus is divine and that He died on the cross for the sins of the world because the Quran explicitly rejects that. I believe that even staunch Muslims can be reached when correct strategies are used because they need the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What practical choices, changes and commitments are you making as a result of reading this Book?
Avoiding pride, self-centeredness, and praying to God to make me humble to be able to recognise others and offer them service. Becoming a servant to others not as a sign of showing them that I can do it but that it is worth giving genuine service. Praying that God makes me humble because I cannot do it on my own
What practical steps are you taking to achieve the above?
Praying that God can help me to be humble. Taking other important and not looking down on any one. Choosing to be humble because it’s a choice. Reading the Bible to understand more about what it says about humility.
Any other comments and recommendations?
I would like to re-read the book so that I can get to understand some things that I have not understood. I would also recommend some people to read it because it is a very helpful Book in the areas of humility and self-discipline.