Journey to the Cross
Wednesday, February 24
Brad Schafer, member of RPC since 2010
As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. - Colossians 3:12
The Lenten season gives a chance to reflect on the humility of Jesus coming to earth to teach us how to live and provide us hope for our ultimate future home. I can see how I should strive for Christ-like behavior in compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience. However, I have recently considered how I should consider a different view of humility in my growth.
Some of us give up something for Lent. I recall offering to give up certain vegetables for Lent as a child. I could rationalize compassion and kindness in giving my vegetables to less fortunate people, but my parents didn't ever support this as a Lent activity. However, humility was more about sportsmanship in pursuit of personal excellence than a Christ-centered focus. This year I am considering how I might add humility to my life, allowing others an opportunity to grow.
Jesus came to earth not as a blessed American with power, prestige, and financial wealth. He was humble in every aspect imaginable. For 33 years, Jesus empowered every human and did so with humility. As a teacher and parent (and competitive person), I want my students to be the best. I want my children's teams to win games, and I want excellence for myself and those with whom I work and play. However, I don't think Jesus looks at a worldly scoreboard to calculate excellence. I believe he would be more interested in how many times I asked my students, family, and co-workers: "What do you think?" or "Would you like to try?" I will never attain perfect humility, but I can try to think of a way to serve and lead every day with some form of humility, stepping down (or back) to let someone else grow and shine.
Lord, provide me the wisdom to clothe myself with compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience. And especially this Lenten season, help me to start a daily practice for guidance to ask: "What would Jesus do to act in humility today? How can I help someone else grow?" Amen