During this season, every single year I am reminded of what this word means for many reasons. The most common way I hear it is: To be humble about the gifts you receive. In church, I most commonly hear it as: Jesus came as a humble baby. Last Sunday though, I heard it in a new way I had not thought about before: We ought to be humble in our struggles.
Reflecting on 2015, like everyone else, I see the good moments I had, but what sticks out to me are the low moments I had. I question if I handled those situations right? Was I humble when I felt like everything was falling apart?
We say, “Tis the reason for the season.” For me, the reason is why Jesus was coming in the first place. In Luke 2 you can read about the birth of Jesus, which I encourage you to do. My dad, since I can remember, has always read us either the birth or really whatever God places on his heart before gifts are ever unwrapped. Everything about Jesus’ birth does not seem normal or fitting for a King. Yet that was how God wanted Jesus to come. I think God wanted to show us that Jesus could really understand the struggles of people just like you and me. It was not just the birth of Jesus that He was in humble circumstances, but all His life. He remained humble through the good moments and the low moments. I think His lowest moment was when He died. He was human and when it came time He sacrificed His life to fulfill the reason for His season on Earth.
Jesus is the perfect reminder of what it means to be humble and to do it in all circumstances. He was humble in His birth, but also throughout His life when He was ultimately THEE King of the World all along—He was God. 2015 is coming to a close and as much as I would like to go back and change the ways I might not have been humble this past year whether in my good moments or through my struggles, I am comforted by the fact that I am able and going to close this year of my life with the reminder that Jesus came, loves and cares about me so much that He died and has forgiven me. 1 John 4:19 says: “We love because He first loved us.” From me to you, thank you for reading my blog posts. It was just something new I wanted to try and felt God could really use me in this way to reach out to you or whoever really is reading this.
I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as well!