Humble Warriors

Megan wants to know how Dave applies the principles in The Monk and the Merchant to his business and life.

QUESTION: Megan from Greenbriar, Tennessee, wants to know how Dave applies the principles in The Monk and the Merchant to his business and life.

ANSWER: I think that humility is confused sometimes in our culture as someone who’s a doormat. The technical definition of humility is to understand your place. To understand your place means that God’s in charge. I’m not. Humble doesn’t mean that I necessarily let someone run over me. Humble may mean that I choose to make it look like that if God calls me to do that in some cases. It may be that by being a warrior, I’m being humble because I’m submitted to God.

Most of the time in our culture, we don’t think of a warrior as humble. As an example, almost without exception, when I meet a general, a colonel, someone who’s running a large number of men and women under him or her, they are almost always very courageous people and almost always humble, yet they are warriors. They command respect not only by their position but by the way they carry themselves, who they are with their intellect by their wisdom, by those kinds of things. They command respect not only because of their rank. Most of these men and women rise to those ranks because of who they are in their character and yet they’re warriors. That’s not lacking in humility. They know who they’re submitted to. They know what their process is.

That’s the way I view it. Some of my brothers and sisters in Christ sometimes really get on with me because I get in people’s faces and because I’m loud and obnoxious sometimes. To them it’s a paradox that you can be that and be humble. To me, it’s not a paradox. To me, sometimes it can be a type of humility to step into those things. When in doubt, I’m going to be active in an active, moving body, and that’s not necessarily an indication of a lack of humility. Don’t confuse that. We think of humility as somehow being a passive thing. It doesn’t have to be passivity.