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.  Whats 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.

Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.-Ken Blanchard

To understand what is a real humility, many of us consider the life of Jesus, the sinless Son of God 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 didnt 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.

Do 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~  

Christmas 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. 

Christmas is undoubtedly about humility, love and kindness toward others, the basic ingredients for a happy, lifelong and loving relationship.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

By Tim Pedrosa

Have 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.