The Hebrew word anavah is usually translated as “humility,” a word we struggle with. What it conveys is to occupy your God-given space in the world—to not take up too much or too little. Thus we don’t squish anyone or force others to fill our space.

What would it look like to simply occupy the space that is yours? No more, no less.


“The greatest capacity of spiders, I have come to believe, is their intuition about space, their knack for seeing and understanding the nature of their environment, the contours and potentialities of a given place. Spiders must think strategically about space, how to cover it and how to create cross-linkages that stitch locations together into a net. And they must do this time and again, always at considerable risk and vulnerability to themselves.“ John Paul Lederach, Moral Imagination

What can we learn as we navigate current spaces?