Though in the form of God, Christ Jesus did not cling to equality with God, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, and was born in human likeness. Being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross. Therefore, God has highly exalted him and given him the name above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:6-11
Mondays are humble days, the week starting again and us trying to find a way to rise. I love the look of children who have just woken up, not in control of anything, trying to find their bearings in the world. We are actually all like that when we wake up, not trying to control things but just putting one foot in front of the other. For me, that is where humility begins, in the heart of a child, not trying to control anything, but rather, trying to get down the road and happy to embrace all the friends and love that comes my way. Humility is admitting we don't have all the answers, we don't always do what is right and we need help all along the road.
Jesus found himself in human form, says the writer of Philippians. We all find ourselves born in human form. Unfortunately we think being human means getting ahead, getting the drop on the other, having it all, keeping it all to ourselves. Christ's example of incarnation, living in human form, is to let love be our guide. Daily. Letting the love of God and others make us offer ourselves humbly to the day and to the world. Loving invites us to let go of control, let go of winning, walking awhile as a child in love with life. Love breeds gratitude, daily.
Today I ask God to help me live simply and humbly today. May my words and actions bring God's love to the foreground. May I rejoice today in my humanity, knowing that Christ was willing to be like me. May we all come to gratitude through loving God and loving our neighbor, as we humbly walk together on this rare and wondrous journey.