Over the Hump December 19, 2018
I am not a Bible scholar but I did run across a passage years ago that grabbed me as a pastoral person. It was written by St. Paul from prison, not a place that a reading like this might come from.
It is chapter 2 of the book of Philippians and it goes like this: "do nothing from selfishness, or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others."
That was great, I thought, for a person who is a caretaker by nature, but as I learned -- there was a difference between a "caretaker" and one whom this passage described.
The difference is freedom. If "caretaking" is compulsive, it can not be humility as the passage mentions.
That, in me is a work in progress. This passage, however, is a great one for the holidays with persons coming together, families being to get her. Can we do this passage with some famly members we would rather not see? Can we reconcile this Christmas with that person or persons that have been in our heart for years causing pain, not in them, but us.
We have the freedom if we want to use it and it can be a great gift to others and to us.
Our Christmas will be just that; more joyful. That is my wish from Over The Hump
Bless somebody today!