I’ve always been someone with a strong sense of direction and responsibility in my life. Lack of motivation is not in my vocabulary and, because of this, I tend to believe I—and only I—will always know what is best for myself. When there’s a goal that I want to accomplish; through, lists, schedules, plans, research, and facts—gosh darnit—I will accomplish that goal or die. In the great words of Louisa May Alcott, “I want to be great, or nothing.” Now, whether this sense of determination is a blessing or curse is an argument for another day. However, in these past few years, I have felt a call to take that determination in a direction of heavenly and eternal purpose. Life is, after all, a preparation and test for the life to come. Throughout these years, I have been humbled in ways I cannot begin to fully describe. The Lord truly showed me who I could be and become if I could humble myself enough to place my life in His all-knowing hands.
Humility opens doors for new opportunities, for spiritual learning, for incredible human connection. A few nights ago, I was on the phone with one of my dear friends. She described an experience where she felt strong heavenly guidance in her life, but believed she had better knowledge of the direction her life should go. After wrestling with the decision of who knew best, she decided to turn to God and believe in His direction for her. Within a short period of time, she was able to see the path she was previously on would have been less than ideal, and God’s path for her had magnified her abilities and created beautiful life opportunities she wouldn’t have found on her own.
I remember my mother often saying that what we can see for our future is like looking through a small window, but what God can see for us is like stepping outside—suddenly able to view infinitely more. Humility takes us out of our own heads. In a society that values self-centered attributes, like perfectionism, it is easy to become focused on only ourselves. When we learn to be humble, we must remember that painful lesson that every teenager moving into adulthood must inevitably learn—that the world does not revolve around us. Our eyes can be opened to opportunities for genuine human connection and service. We can see those around us in a new light and our challenges can become much easier to bear.
Through my journey of humility, I have met people who have changed my life. These wonderful people and opportunities could’ve easily been overlooked if I continued on my path of self-centered achievement. Yes, I still want to be great—Dr. John Dewey, a great American philosopher, once said the deepest urge of human nature is “the desire to be important.”
I’ve learned my true greatness and potential can only come by listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit to guide me on God’s path for my life. Through being humble, I am able to put myself aside enough to be sensitive to those important promptings. Humility is not a simple thing to attain—it takes constant effort and self-reflection—but it is worth the challenge. Our lives and abilities can be amplified and changed into something more beautiful than we could ever see through the small window of our limited knowledge. Let the Lord guide you through open doors, so you can step outside into a life greater than you could imagine for yourself.
Article written by, Victoria Rimington
Victoria is a student at Brigham Young University, a dancer, and a creator with a big heart and big dreams. Victoria grew up in Utah, enjoying the mountains, hiking, and all the time with horses she could get. She loves to travel and experience the beauty of other cultures around the world. Victoria began competitive dance at the age of 5 and earned several regional and national distinctions. At age 14, she qualified for and competed at the World Irish Dance Championships in Montreal. This experience involved intense training that taught Victoria the value of perseverance, learning from challenges and the power of prayer. Through challenges, both physical and mental, she learned to listen and look for God’s guiding hand in her life. She now shares her love of dance and the cultures of the world as a member of BYU’s International Folk Dance Ensemble. Victoria loves to share her continuing experiences of learning her worth as a Daughter of God. “Our worth comes from within. Distinctions and awards are fragile and temporary; the love God has for us is permanent. We should place our worth on who we are becoming, and what we have overcome, through Christ.” - Victoria