Except his full ride scholarship wasn't for athletics. It was for academics! Who knew? Talk about humility.
hu·mil·i·ty | \ hyü-ˈmi-lə-tē , yü-\
Definition of humility
: freedom from pride or arrogance : the quality or state of being humble
- a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin;
- Roman citizen by birth;
- student of Gamaliel;
- Pharisee; etc.
At least he did until he became a Christ-follower. Then Paul's whole perspective changed.
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
Acts 20:24 NIV
And yet, despite what it looked like he sacrificed, and endured, Paul's letter to the Phillipians shows a man of humility, content with his choices.
7 But Christ has shown me that what I once thought was valuable is worthless. 8 Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have given up everything else and count it all as garbage. All I want is Christ 9 and to know that I belong to him. I could not make myself acceptable to God by obeying the Law of Moses. God accepted me simply because of my faith in Christ.
Philippians 3:7-9 CEV
I am fortunate, King Agrippa,” (Paul) began, “to be able to present my answer before you, for I know you are an expert on Jewish laws and customs. Now please listen patiently!
Acts 26: 2-3 TLB
Dear Reader, humility isn't about being beaten down by myself or others. It's not about being shame-faced. Not for the children of the Creator of the Universe.
Humility is understanding that Jesus chose to do for us what we couldn't do for ourselves. And knowing that we know that we know, Dear Reader, that He did it all because He loves us, just the way we are.