Care Capsule
Capsules of Motivation to Dispense Care and Kindness

Volume 6 - Issue 2
No. 20
September 2004



In This Issue

What Does Humility Look Like?

A M.A.T. Student Writes About Care

Words Make A Difference

Preview of Plenary Speakers

Light Notes

Preview of Topics

Beautiful One Liners


What Does Humility
Look Like?

—— Dr. James R. Kok

Generous Giving May be a Sign of Humility

When asked to describe an example of humble behavior, a M.A.T. student (Ministry Associate Training) wrote the following:

“I had to go into a store I detest. And the people there were true to form—rude. I did not allow this to deter me as I greeted each worker in my path with a ‘good afternoon’ and thanked the checker with ‘I would like to thank you for your patience and courtesy in what appears to be a very busy day for you.’ She responded with an impolite, ‘yeah, its always busy around here’”.

The student then summarized with, “Well, I don’t know that this all went well, but I tried.”

The word “humble” conjures up mental images—most of which are not attractive. We see timid, shy folks, with self-deprecating mannerisms that say, “Don’t look at me, I am nothing.” When we label someone humble it usually implies she or he follows along quietly and passively, making no waves, taking no risks, unlike the student in the first paragraph who spoke her greetings and presented her compliment in spite of an unwelcoming environment. Seldom is a dynamic leader regarded as humble. Not often do we regard someone who readily hands out words of appreciation or steps up and congratulates winners as demonstrating humility.

Dr. James R. Kok has written a series of articles on the essentials for a caring person. A handful of basic tools—wrapped in courage—are the keys to open doors.

As the Koach Of  Kare,
Dr. Kok has been a pastor at the Crystal Cathedral for the past nineteen years and heads the Care Ministry department of the church. He is the author of five books and numerous articles, and he is the founder of the International Conference on Care and Kindness.

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