Yet another ridiculous oxymoron? Ironically, from ancient times to modern, humility has paid off in practical terms. It’s not an easy process to trust, but it often works.
King Solomon was put to the ‘‘humility test’’ when God came to him in a dream and said, ‘‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.’’ Solomon could have been like King Midas and asked that all he touched be turned to gold. But instead, he humbly asked for wisdom: ‘‘I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. So give your servant a discerning heart . . . For who is able to govern this great people of yours?’’
God’s answer to this humble request was to grant Solomon everything else he might have wished for: not just a wise and discerning heart, but also riches, honor, and long life. (1 Kings 3:7–14)
Humility has paid off for modern leaders as well as biblical kings. Robert Townsend, when he became CEO of Avis in the 1970s, turned the corporate world on its head when he eliminated executive dining rooms, parking spaces, and other emblems of corporate royalty.
この謙虚なリクエストへの神の答えは、ソロモンが願ったであろう他のことすべてを承諾するとのことだった:博識や英明な心だけでなく、財産、名誉そして長寿だ。(1キングス 3:7-14)