Today is the Monday after Thanksgiving break… not too happy to be back at school. In two weeks I’ll be home for Christmas break — praise the Lord. This is going to be the busiest two weeks of the semester — got a couple huge tests and a couple of important papers to write. Thanksgiving break was a great time of hanging out with friends and family, I am very thankful for my five-ish days of rest.
Christmas music began playing on Chris Martin’s iPod on Friday. I love the month-or-so amount of time I give myself yearly to listen to the festive tones of Bing Crosby, The Vince Guaraldi Trio, and the amazing Polar Express soundtrack. A couple additions art being made to my Christmas Music playlist this year. One addition is Peppermint Winter by Owl City. A few people with whom I have shared this song claim that it’s ok, but it just sounds like the rest of his stuff. I suppose I can agree, but I think the song is pretty well done for a self-made Christmas song. Writing new Christmas songs has to be incredibly difficult.
Another song that will be added to my Christmas Music playlist come December first is Coldplay’s Christmas Lights. Again, not a classic Christmas song, though I do have a Chris Martin version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas which is phenomenal, but from the little preview Chris gave on 60 minutes a couple of years ago, I have high hopes for what is to come in the next couple of days, and I’m not sure I could be disappointed.
I had an interesting thought this morning. I was sitting outside my Art gen. ed. classroom before it started today, and as someone was coming out of the classroom from the previous class, I heard her say, “I think I’ll have to write it on my forehead or something, I’m so terrible at remembering things, I always forget.” And the girl with her promptly replied, “Yeah me too!”
This got me thinking about something that I have often grappled with: Why do people like to talk about how they’re dumb or ignorant? I have never heard someone say that they are good at remembering things or say they are smart, or ever say much good about themselves. Is it wrong to know and acknowledge what you’re good at? I’m not saying flaunting our talents is good, but do we always have to be dumb? I have always wondered why it’s so cool to be dumb or forgetful or the like. It has never made sense to me. But, I think I may have found one of the reasons today as I thought about it.
There is a warped view of thought that says, “If I look dumb, that makes me humble. And the Bible says humility is good. So, naturally, I’ll make myself look dumb, and therefore humble, and I’ll look like a good Christian.” Which, in all actuality, is doing the opposite of making you humble, it is actually further inflating your pride because you are looking humble for those around you and not to give glory to God. Humility is to be practiced to become more like Christ, not to be seen as a good-natured, humble person. If you are “humble,” or just really like degrading yourself, and you are not doing so for the glory of God, you’re simply attracting attention to yourself and ultimately fulfilling your own, self-seeking, self-glorifying needs.
Am I saying that everyone who says that they aren’t good at something or the like is a shallow, “un-humble” attention hog? No, I’m not (but they probably are without really realizing it). I think there’s something to be said for not degrading ourselves all the time. God made us in his image, we have redeeming qualities, that we did not earn, but no less have, and I don’t see a problem with encouraging others through the use of such qualities.
A challenge I have for you is to encourage someone this week with how God has gifted you, and talk to someone about how God has blessed you with a certain quality or talent.
It’s ok to acknowledge that you have worth. Humility does not equal self-degradation. Humility = knowing who I am in light of who God is. Please, this week, share with someone how God has gifted you, don’t talk about how much you suck. Just make sure to give the credit for your talents or qualities to God.
Be well. Glorify God.