A Lego Lesson.
There is nothing more humbling than apologizing to your child. Sometimes my children leave me jagged, knife-like presents all over the house. In the light of day it’s a common lego or a humble action figure, but when I’m tired and barefoot these are the weapons of my destruction. I step on them, flat-footed and lumbering, bearing my full weight on these plastic piranhas and I yell. I yell because it hurts. I yell because I’m mad. I yell because I’VE TOLD THEM A THOUSAND TIMES TO CLEAN...sorry. There I go again.
After I’ve roared my greatest roar, beat my chest, stopping short only of throwing all their toys away, I look down. I look down and I see my sweet daughter. She’s scared, sorry, and crying. That knocks the wind out of me as I kneel to the ground. I get on her level. I offer my hands if she’ll take them. I look her in the eyes and say, “Honey, I’m so sorry. I got really mad when I hurt my foot, but I never should have reacted like that. I’m sorry and I hope you can forgive me.” And with the swift mercy only a child can give, she does.
I’m so thankful that my Heavenly Father doesn’t react to my mistakes the way I sometimes do with my children. He always comes low. He continually humbles himself and bends down to my level, takes my hands, and explains what needs to happen next. He never intends to crush me, even though he should, but he holds me and builds me up again.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
Think about: How can we imitate Christ’s humility with the ones we love?
Prayer: Lord, teach me to me humble and show me what it means to have the mindset of Jesus. Thank you for bending down to me. May I always humble myself and consider others better than me.
Jimmy is a songwriter, music producer and also the Worship Pastor here at the River. He and his wife Kim have two beautiful children.