Humility, a Cure for Anxiety

Paul Hostetter

READ : 1 Peter 5:5-7

. . . be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God . . . (will) promote you at the right time. (The Message)

Much of our anxiety and inner restlessness is a direct result of our pride. We are filled with angst, tight as a drum, because of ill-conceived ambition. Peter nails youth on this issue but they are not the lone offenders. In an age of sophisticated conceit, we all need Peter’s word on this matter. Here is my version, twenty-first century, of Peter’s set of commands on humility and anxiety:

  • Young people, welcome advice from old folks. Lack of computer know-how doesn’t make people irrelevant.
  • If you want to look really good, dress up in humility, not conceit.
  • Put your whole self under God’s control. He will promote you on time.
  • Shake off your up-tight self-absorption. God cares about your self-worth more than you do.

You surely know people who display the two wonders of humility and a quiet self-composure. It is the Christ-like way. Are you on edge today, too assertive, poised to lunge at success but really nervous about your chances?


Lord, I ask you to put your finger on my conceit, make me humble, and douse my smoldering anxiety.