It is that time of the
year again when we think of Christmas and we may ask, what Christmas is about. Christmas is about
love, humility and kindness. It is when we strive to cultivate and live out
these virtues that make Christmas and our lives truly meaningful and enjoyable.
However, because we are just humans, selfish ambition and vain conceit are
oftentimes the driving forces behind our attitude and action. It is very easy to
observe such trend in our daily interactions with others.
Self-centeredness is the greatest
weakness of humanity and arrogance is its
outgrowth. No wonder “I” is the most popular pronoun in the English Language. The desire to get ahead, to do better than others, to have
others look up to us, or at least to make it hard for others to look down
on us, are sometimes the main reasons for our behavior.
“What’s in it for me?” is the main concern in most of our
decisions. Such actions are clear indications
of the level of our spiritual maturity.
does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself
To understand what is a real humility,
many of us consider the life of Jesus,
the sinless Son of God, Ruler of
the world and King above all.
Yet, He was born in a manger. The attitude that governed His behavior was
humility. The eternal well being of the people He loves and the world He made
are important to Him. He didn’t have to leave the comforts of glory, but He
willingly gave those up to face suffering, cruelty, and a horrible death. He
always considered others before Himself. Indeed, there is no greater love
than the One who gave up His life for us.
nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility.
Consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only
to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. ~Philippians 2:3-4~
is certainly about love. It is a reminder and an opportunity to show our love and
gratitude to God, to our family and to our friends. Sometimes it hurts to love
someone and not
be loved in return but it is more painful to love someone and
never find the courage to let that person know just how we feel.
Love begins with our thoughts. Loving thoughts create loving experiences
and loving relationships not only to people we want to love but also to people
we do not care.
Loving thoughts can change our
beliefs and attitude toward others and
ourselves. If we want to love someone, we need to consider the needs, desires
and weaknesses of that person. Loving thoughts transform our actions into loving deeds
and kindness and
consequently create a better relationship.
is undoubtedly about humility, love and kindness toward others, the basic ingredients
for a happy, lifelong and loving relationship.
By Tim Pedrosa
you observed a rice field and noticed which heads are bent and which
ones stand up straight? Well, the empty heads are standing tall and
high. The heads that are filled with grains are bending low. Indeed, the true great and
strong people are humble and gentle. True
giants don't mind bowing low.