Humility. That strange thing so elusive. The one thing that is rumored that as soon as you think you have it, you've lost it.
Like trying to find the end of the rainbow or hold on to a magic penny, humility seems to be an evasive virtue.
Perhaps you've heard the rumor? The tale? The warning about humility?
You haven't? And I haven't mentioned it yet? Why, how careless of me! Must've slipped my mind. Well, let me tend to that immediately....the rumor or the warning is to never pray for humility because.....you will be.
But without humility we can't progress. And "humility" that is followed by a "yeah but" is only pretended piety, worth about as much as a Pharisee praying to be seen of men and using the latest word-of-the-day in his prayers so he sounds int-el-ect-ual.
But what of humility? Isn't there another way? Do we have to be humble?
Well, we do, but going back up to the maxim above that when you think you've got it you've lost it, perhaps focusing on being humble isn't going to produce the best results. Because if you try to be humble, you come across as....well....not.
Maybe the goal isn't to try to be humble, but to be other things instead and humility comes thereby? Like as I've prayed to be able to appreciate and value others' talents, skills and abilities, I suppose that brings about a degree of humility, don't you think?
There is a scripture chain at the end of Doctrine and Covenants 4 that gives a list of virtues, but the virtues aren't in a random order. Each virtue leads to the next one, see how this goes:
"Remember, faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence (And then, when you have done and become all of these things, if you shall) ask and you shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto you, Amen"
From this, I might think, we don't set out to be humble, nor do we finish at being humble.
Related to virtue is worthiness. I was running out of time for my mission before I was too old to go and they weren't giving waivers for old missionaries. Military service and life had been happening and it wasn't looking hopeful that I'd be able to get out in time. My bishop finally said, "You know....you don't have to serve a mission to be worthy, you can be worthy having not served one."
I banged my fist on his desk and almost yelled, "I DON'T WANT TO BE WORTHY! I WANT TO BE VALIANT!"
Similarly, I don't want to be humble.
I just want to love and appreciate others and help them feel the spirit of Christ and know who they are and help where I can.