Why Leaders Are Humble

If I’ve been allowed to see more than those who have gone before, it is only because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.
— Isaac Newton


Isaac Newton was the originator of calculus, articulator of gravity, and a devoted Christ-follower. He shared this truth in a letter to Robert Hooke, February 15, 1676.

Newton's humility is refreshing, but then Christian leaders are humble. They recognize that no matter the role, they did not arrive by "pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps." They know that God always arranges a few well-placed "giants" in their path. 

Whose shoulders are you standing on today? Take a moment to give thanks and give the credit.

  • Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Hebrews 13:7 ESV
  • Pay to all what is owed to them ... honor to whom honor is owed. Romans 13:7 ESV


Note: I am indebted to Dr. Peter Teague for this quote, which he included in his book, From The Podium: Reflections from Selected LBC Convocations. Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, PA. Page 6.