Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Being humble is counter-intuitive to humans. Humans are full of pride and self- centeredness. Look at any two year old and you will know this idea is true. One of the first words that comes out of a child’s mouth is, “No!” A child says “no” because they want things done their way not your way. Therefore, we must teach our children how to be humble. The best time to teach humility is when your child is young.
How do you teach a child to humble himself? From a very young age, teach your son or daughter to allow others to go first. This act of kindness can be hard for a child, especially when they want to go first all the time. But, by teaching your child to take a step back, they begin to realize the world doesn’t revolve around them. Throughout your child’s life, encourage them to humble themselves under the different authority figures in their life-coaches, teachers, their boss, etc.
But, moms, are you living a humble life yourself? It is hard to teach what you do not practice or do yourself. Jesus praises those who humble themselves, stating that they will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. In order to be great later, we must humble ourselves now. It feels counter-intuitive, but that is how God’s world works.
Father, I know that I am a selfish, self-centered human. I acknowledge that completely before you God. But, Lord, I don’t want to be that way. I want to be like Christ who gave up everything and humbled Himself and became a man. Father, please teach me how to put myself aside and to think of others. Help me to put aside the false humility I parade around all day and instead, teach me what Godly humility looks like.
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