I had these buttons printed up a few years back as a play on the common misunderstanding of the word meek as meaning “timid” or “afraid.” Actually, its true meaning is nearly the opposite. Webster’s Dictionary defines it as being humbly patient. Most of us are better at being proudly impatient!
A key test of our meekness lies in the use of the word “wrong.” When cornered, we will sometimes admit we were wrong in the past, and may even laugh about it. But to admit that we’re wrong in the present? That’s a horse of a different color. 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 we can humbly embrace the truth. Together.
Together and humble we possess a much higher truth-quotient than alone and proud. And ultimately, that’s the only way we’re going to survive. Maybe that’s why Jesus said,
“The meek shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5)
So dare to be humble. Dare to be patient.
Dare to be Meek!