There are no snow days in the task of parenting. No vacation days. No sick days. Each day and season brings new non-stop challenges.
One such challenge is teaching children the meaning of humility.
On one hand, every parent wants their child to know that they are valuable, precious and unique. We long for them to realize that they are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. We want them to develop a healthy self-confidence and faithfully grow and develop their God-given gifts.
On the other hand, we want our children to realize that the world does not revolve around them. We want to instill in them a desire to help others. Our prayer is that they reject society’s doctrine of selfishness and seek the well-being of their community.
The tension deepens because many of us have an incomplete understanding of humility. Being humble does not mean we neglect our gifts, deflect compliments or pretend to be terrible in areas where we naturally excel. Humility is a beautiful gift that helps us appreciate our God-given talents and invites us to use them for the benefit of our neighbor.
C.S. Lewis provides us with gem-like insight: True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.
If Humility Could Have a Favorite Day . . .
Christmas is saturated in the beauty of humility. With the mission of rescuing the human race, the King of Kings arrived on Earth, not in glory and triumph, but as a helpless baby.
Perfectly sinless and more gifted than we can ever imagine, Jesus’ entire life was focused on loving and caring for others. We are called to follow Christ’s example:
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3, ESV)
Food for the Hungry (FH) strives to follow Christ’s example of humility as we serve the most vulnerable communities around the world. Our staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) walk daily with families, giving of their talents and ideas so that communities can begin to thrive. This is not always an easy journey, but we are able to endure with the strength of our Savior.
I invite you to check out the 12 Days of Christmas eBook. With stories told from the vantage point of a child, it is a simple and practical tool to help you introduce your children to the nations. We hope this resource will create a spark in your child’s heart as they consider how God might use their talents and abilities to love others.
Sorry parents, you don’t get a day off for Christmas. But there is a special gift under the tree for you: time, space and opportunity. Christmas day is a special window to teach our children about the important truths in life. So, let’s make the most of it!