“DON’T DO ANYTHING ONLY TO GET AHEAD. DON’T DO IT BECAUSE
YOU ARE PROUD. INSTEAD, BE HUMBLE. VALUE OTHERS MORE THANYOURSELVES.”
PHILIPPIANS 2:3, NIRV
When Jesus met the men on the road to Emmaus, they had no idea they were actually talking to Jesus! Jesus had been crucified and buried. They’d heard that the tomb was empty. But Jesus wasn’t dead. He was alive and with them on the road!
As they walked, Jesus started explaining everything the Scriptures said about God’s promised Savior, how he would have to die and then be raised back to life. They couldn’t believe what they were hearing, and they didn’t want Jesus to stop talking! So, they invited him to eat with them, and as he broke the bread, suddenly they recognized this man was Jesus!
Jesus took the time to explain everything about Himself. He was humble, patient, and kind. We can treat others in the same way.
You can put others first by helping them
Whether you’ve thought about it or not, your clothes say something about you. Just like you’d never leave the house without getting dressed, God wants you to clothe yourself with humility.
Grab your favorite piece of clothing like your favorite hoodie or pair of jeans. With an adult’s permission, write “BE HUMBLE” on the tag. As you put it on this week, stop and think about God’s deep love for you. Ask God to help you show love by putting others first this week.
Do you know what it means to be self-centered? It means to be preoccupied with yourself, to only think about what you want. We live in a self-centered world where people worry about themselves instead of caring for others. When you’re self-centered, everything is about me, me, me! But humility takes the focus off of me and puts it on others.
Just think about how different your world would be if everyone in your class at school chose humility?
While you can’t control what others do, you can control what you do. Thankfully God will help you! Spend some time in prayer today. Name the kids in your class at school or on your ball team or in your neighborhood. Ask God to help you put those friends first this week.
When we recognize who God is, we understand that God is worthy of all honor and praise. When we understand how mighty and powerful and loving and perfect God is, we “humble” ourselves and think about how God wants us to live.
God lovingly sent Jesus to save us so long ago. Jesus came to serve, to show us who God is and to give His life for us. Serving and humility go hand in hand and we see that in the way God loves and cares for us.
Write down the name of someone you know who is great at serving others?
How do they put others first?
Write down one way you can put that person first this week!
As your kid starts their day, tell them something you admire about how they treat others.
At a meal, have everyone at the table answer this question: “What is one thing you believe about Jesus?”
While on the go, ask your kid: “Name one person who has taught you how to do something. (Coach, teacher, dance instructor) What did they teach you to do?”
Pray for each other: “Jesus, thank You for saving us from sin and being our friend. Help us to find ways to tell others about You—and to be brave, kind, and loving to do it!”