Christmas brings up a multitude of feelings in people, but I believe humility is the one we need to cling to the most during this time of the year. Today, I found myself in a situation where I had been texting someone, trying to plan an event for weeks now; but due to lots of complications, nothing has gotten planned, and I was bitter about how the situation had been handled. More importantly, at that point, I was consumed with how this would make me look as person, and I did not want to look unprepared or like I dropped the ball to anyone else. So, as I sat waiting for my child to get out his piano lesson, in my car, I just asked GOD (very informally in my head) what I should do. I did not want to call someone in anger, and I knew that texting would not come across well. I listened to song after song and perused Facebook, as any mom would do while waiting for her child and suddenly, it came to me. This one word struck me… Humility. I need to be humble in the situation because she could have found it just as hard to communicate with me as I did with her. Beyond that, I need to accept that I was not perfect and that I really did not know what it was like to walk in her shoes. At this point, I decided to call, take the blame and miscommunication error on myself and see how I could resolve this. To my surprise, my humble beginning was met with overwhelming apologies on her part of how things had been handled, removing me from any fault or wrong doing. There was even an explanation, which proved that you really do not know what others are going through. This was music to my ears, and I felt an immediate shift in my emotions. As, I hung up the phone, I realized my five-minute humble conversation could have gone completely different if I had handled it without humility. Feelings and communication can often be misconstrued especially in the holiday season because of all the emotions this time brings out. We must go to each other with humility, instead of guns a blazing when we believe we have been ill-treated and trust that GOD’S WILL is always in play.
As I got home, I knew I had to share this with all of you, but as sat down to write all I could think about was the humility of Jesus and how hard it is to understand and practice it in this world. The message of Jesus coming into the world was to bring hope to us all. HIS message was so strong that HE came into the messiness of the world in a cold stable instead of the pristine palace he deserved. HE wanted us to know that it was okay for life to be messy, but in the harshness of life, we should not condemn each other just as he did not condemn us. HIS humility is beyond anything we can imagine, but yet through the bleakest of circumstances, among the wonderful smell of livestock (pun-intended), Jesus still came into this broken world to rescue us from an eternity of being separated from GOD.
During this holiday season, we see and interact with lots of people. Let us remember that everyone is fighting their own battles that you cannot see, so humble yourself and give grace. When children are crying, people are late, text messages seem harsh, or the post office line is out the door, choose humility. Remember to trust GOD because 100% trust always yields 100% joy. To forgive much is to love much and without GOD’s Love we would all be doomed. It is hard to go into the world and carrying out humility daily. Although, I wonder if we took one step back from our conflict to hear what GOD says to do, what miracles we would see in this world? We are all just people saved by grace; let us all embrace humility in our hearts this season, as the LORD did that night in the stable.