WHOSOEVER therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
SHOULD thoughts of self-praise, of self-satisfaction, occur to you, say:
“I myself am nothing; all that is good in me is accomplished by the grace of God.”
“What hast thou that thou didst not receive?” (1 Cor 4:7)
“Without Me ye can do nothing” (Jn 15:5).
Should the thought of despising any of your neighbours, or of your family occur to you, say:
“The entire man is the beautiful work of God’s hands; everything in him is very well ordered.” For “it was very good” (Gen 1:31).
St John of Kronstadt, “My Life in Christ” Part III (CCEL).