Cross Point Blog
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I have an ache that Advil can’t help.
This pain doesn’t reside in a muscle;
It sits in the background of my soul.
When you read the lyrics to the song “Joy to the World” you cannot help but start humming along. Joy To the World is one of the most recognizable Christmas songs of all time, but it actually wasn’t written to be a Christmas song at all. If Christmas is about Jesus’ first advent, Joy to the World is really about Jesus’ second advent. As the old saying goes, ‘if the shoe fits, wear it,’ and Joy to the World wears the Christmas shoe quite well.
In the 2004 Pixar film, The Incredibles, there is a scene that became meme-worthy over the years. Bob Parr (a.k.a. Mr. Incredible) comes home after a tough day at work, gets out of his car and sees a little boy on a tricycle staring at him. Bob looks at him and asks, “Well, what are YOU waiting for?” The little boy sheepishly replies, “I don’t know. Something amazing, I guess.” Beat down, Bob sighs and mumbles to himself, “Me too, kid.”
As A.W. Tozer so famously said, “what comes to mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you.” Similarly, Cross Point’s blog is designed to help equip followers of Jesus to see, live out and delight in the glory of God in their day to day lives…
One of the greatest acts of kindness one human can do for another, is to look into their eyes and listen to their story. Not the kind of listening in order to compare struggles or critique details or immediately offer “solutions” to any problems, but the kind of listening that tries to put yourself in their shoes so that what swells in your heart is empathy and a willingness to meet them where they are. Help is always better when it is informed and collaborative.
There are certain things The Bible is pretty grey about and there are other things that it could not be more clear about. Humility is the latter. The word “humble” is mentioned in scripture 56 times. That does not include the additional 29 times synonyms for “humble” such as “meek,” are mentioned. Zephaniah 2:3 commands us to “seek humility” in order to be hidden from the Lord’s anger. 1 Peter 5:5 commands us to “clothe ourselves in humility” because “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Luke 1:52 says that God “exalts those who are humble.” The list goes on.
Do you ever have the thought “If only I could _________ then I’d be content”? “If only I could be ten pounds lighter, afford to live in that neighborhood, get married, land that gig, etc.” For me, it’s been weight. If only I could weigh “x” pounds, THEN I’d be confident in myself, happier, content, satisfied.