I read an excellent quote about humility from a local United Methodist pastor: "Humility is our way to God, because it was God's way to us." What exactly is humility? Its simply the truth about ourselves. Its the willingness and vulnerability to be honest about our imperfections and smallness. Its the truth that even our noblest deeds are riddled with self-interest.
Paul writes in his letter to the church at Phillippi to “Have this mind which was in Christ Jesus, who was in the form of God, emptied himself, taking the form of a servant… and humbling himself became obedient unto death. Therefore God has highly exalted him” (Philippians 2:5-9).
God's humility in Christ was the perfect humility. There was no self-interest in Christ humiliating himself on the cross. He even said before it happened "I don't want to do this, but I'm willing to." (my translation of his prayer in Matthew 26:39).
A person who lives this kind of "mind of Christ" doesn't just occasionally practice humility, its at core of who they are and how they live. Humility is not a gift to receive, its a virtue to pursue. How about you, are you pursuing the truth about who you are in relationship with God?