Recently, while at a Christmas nativity event, I encountered a dad who had a very worn and beloved, 3-foot-tall stuffed play raccoon hanging over his arm. I engaged and found out that it was his young daughter’s beloved companion. She always wanted it with her, and where they went, it went. However, the daughter quickly tired of carrying something almost as big as she was. So she asked her daddy to carry it, and because he loved her, he would. 

I was impressed with his humility. A grown man carrying a child’s giant raccoon would raise many questioning looks from observers. Possibly there were some child training opportunities being missed, but he demonstrated his love for his daughter and benefited in growing his humility in the process. 

In Andrew Murray’s book titled Humility, he suggests reading the gospels with a careful eye to note Jesus’ humility throughout His ministry. Teri and I have followed that suggestion underlining examples and noting in the margin our observations. It has been an inspiring exercise in humility. 

During this time of year, please especially consider how the Creator/God of the universe humbled Himself to take the form of man. He then allowed Himself to be treated as a criminal and die for sinful, rejecting, rebellious men. Only a loving, sacrificing God could invent and execute such a plan. Eternal praise that He did. 

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:8-11).