The first product of self-knowledge is humility. (Flannery O’Connor, 20th century novelist)

It is perfectly natural to think of ourselves first. If we don’t, who will? But as we grow and become more mature in our reasoning, we begin to realize that we may not be as “great” as we once hoped or thought. In fact, in recognizing our weaknesses and failures along with any successes, we cannot help but think more realistically about ourselves.

Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves (Philippians 2:3). For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (Luke 14:11).