I’ve been thinking a lot about humility lately and came across this story… The reward of humility may be that it keeps us from getting in over our heads.
The Devil appeared to one of the Desert Fathers, disguised as an angel. “I am the angel Gabriel and I have been sent to you,” the Devil said. The humbled brother responded, saying “You must be mistaken. See if you were not sent to someone else. I do not deserve to have an angel sent to me.” Immediately, the devil disappeared
- From Jack Kornfield and Chrsitiana Feldman, Soul Food: Stories to Nourish the Spirit and the Heart ( HarperSanFrancisco, 1997), 274.