Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils,
and the man became a living being. (Gen 2:7)
We are formed from earth. Yesterday, I wrote about the root word for humility being humus - where we get our word for ground.
But I missed this connection, that God formed Adam out of the dust from the ground. Our beginnings are ground - humus - and at that point, before sin, we had God's breath poured into us.
Humility is our foundation, our beginning. We were created to be humble and our sin comes when we try to supplant our humus with pride.
We have our model. Jesus, fully God and fully man, came from the perfection of heaven to serve:
Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head
and gave up his spirit.