I printed these buttons up a few years back as a play on the misunderstanding of the word meek as “timid” or “afraid.” The true meaning is nearly the opposite. Webster’s defines it as “humbly patient.” Most of us are better at being proudly impatient.
The best test of meekness lies in the use of the word “wrong.” When cornered, we will sometimes admit we were wrong in the past, and even laugh about it. But to admit that we’re wrong in the present? Oh, look what time it is, I really do have to run.
It takes humility to say, “I was wrong.” It takes courage to say, “I am wrong!”
But that’s exactly what people need us to do. Because when we admit our errors in the present, we empower others to do the same. We’re all on this journey together and none of us is right all the time, or even most of the time. But if we’re humble, we can sometimes admit that one of us may be right—and that it may not be ourselves—and then humbly embrace the truth. Together.
“The meek shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5
So dare to be humble. Dare to be patient.
Dare to be Meek!