Heh Heh. You know? We don't have to broadcast every little piece of service we do to the world.
I am sharing some of the things we are doing with our family for this to spread the word about following Jesus because that's what it is about- following Jesus. That's the most important thing- being like Jesus Christ. I'm also looking forward to years down the line (or maybe even next year) looking back at these posts and remembering some of the things we learned this December and what we did to strengthen our family through service.
This morning, Jeremy and I had a really nice discussion with Nichole as she got up earlier than the boys. There were so many thoughts going through my mind this morning and throughout the day. I can't write them all down. I'll just give you a glimpse.
Humility. We talked about it being pretty much the opposite of pride. It's being teachable. Instead of being defensive about something, we can learn from a situation.
However, humility is not being self-degrading, either. You don't think that you're the absolute best but you don't think you're the absolute worst either.
In Matthew 18:3-4, Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
This makes me think of a little child who draws a picture for their mom. "Look, Mommy. I made this for you." The child honestly doesn't think they're all that because of their amazing talent. They also don't think their ability is a failure. They draw that picture as a service because they love Mommy.
Jesus didn't serve to get praise. He didn't serve because He felt like He wasn't worthy of anything but serving. He served because He loved. He did what no one else could do because He loved. That is the example He set for us. Jesus was humble, He was willing to do what His Father asked of Him, even though it was hard- because He loved, because He loves.
I read a talk today that was suggested on mormon.org for LIGHTtheWORLD for today. Sister Jean Simmons of the then Primary General Presidency gave it in General Conference in April 2011. "Become as a Little Child." In the talk, she shared examples of children who were being Christlike and what we can learn from them. It's a beautiful talk.
Something I saw from our family today was people trying extra hard to be kind to one another- to not be as defensive, to be patient, to say Please and Thank You more, and to say nice things to each other. That in itself is service.
Then we had cocoa with dinner since December 13 is Cocoa Day.