“Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty." Matthew 23:11-12 (MSG) These verses really hit me hard this week. Being content as being yourself is one of the hardest struggles I think most of us face. The way we are wired is to be seen. When we are given jobs or tasks and do them well we want everyone to know that we did them. It's just normal for us to want to be recognized for our work and jobs that we have done well. You see no one wants to be underappreciated or overlooked. We all want to get the glamorous or noticed jobs. I know for me personally, I've struggled with getting stuck with the messy or not so great tasks. I've probably complained or grumbled more than I'd like to admit. I love how in Matthew it talks about not letting your ego and pride get in the way. If you let it consume you and you start acting like you are better than anybody else it will come back to kick you in the butt. It will just set you up for disappointment.
When we think about Christmas we think paint this picture of everything perfect like out of a movie. The fire in the fireplace burning bright, the house decorated and cozy, snow outside and spending time with family and friends. We tend to think that everyone is happy and act like there's not a care in the world. We build this picture of peace and tranquility during the holidays. That isn't life though, something comes up that brings us back to reality. Someone comes yelling and slamming doors placing blame on one another for something. We get a phone call that something bad has happened. Maybe our heart gets broken. A relationship or friendship ended. A loved one has passed away. Someone betrayed us that hurt. Our perfect world we pictured and painted always has something that will come up to change our plans.