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19: Laying the Foundation for Humility

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In this episode of “At This Table,” hosts Carol and Athena take us through 1 Peter 5:1-6. We’ll take a look at what it looks like to lead and serve with humility.

Key Takeaways:

Laying the foundation for humility …

St. Augustine said, “Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds?  Lay first the foundation of humility.”

  1. Peter’s final words to the church were marked by him being a witness to the sufferings of Christ. He was very close to Jesus during His earthly ministry, even witnessing the majesty of the Transfiguration, the resurrection, and His ascension. Of all people he could have elevated himself above the church that he was writing to, but he demonstrated humility in calling himself a “fellow elder.”
  2. Not everyone is an actual “elder” or “pastor” but … God has entrusted people to our care. Whether it’s shepherding the hearts of our family and/or ministry outside the home. We are to serve and care for our “flock” with humility. Protecting them. Praying for them. Leading them.
  3. Be clothed with humility, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Choose to go low, and then God will exalt us in due time. Serve and love other with humility, expecting nothing in return.



As we wrap up this episode of “At This Table,” we’ve explored the profound message of humility found in 1 Peter 5:1-6. Carol and Athena have beautifully unpacked how laying the foundation of humility is essential for both leadership and personal growth.

Peter’s example of humility reminds us that true leadership involves seeing ourselves as servants. Whether we’re official elders or simply caretakers of the people God has placed in our lives, we are called to shepherd our “flocks” with compassion and humility.

Finally, when we clothe ourselves in humility, acknowledging that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble, we open the door for His favor and blessings. Serving others selflessly, with no expectation of return, aligns us with God’s heart and purpose.

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