December 18, 2017 by Todd Neva
I chatted with one of the white haired ladies at church on Sunday. We have much in common.
She was glad to see me, and I told her that getting out was good for the soul.
Her friend takes her to church on Sundays, and then they go to lunch. She’s dependent on her friend to get her out of her apartment. She was lamenting her doctor’s orders to not drive in the winter.
“But it’s just my pride,” she said.
“That’s true,” I said. “The hardest part is right when you lose independence. After it’s gone, you realize life goes on and it’s not so bad.”
Though I agreed with her, I would characterize it more as humbling than the loss of pride. I don’t think one needs to be full of pride to walk on his own or drive on her own. It’s natural. It’s normal.
This Christmas season, I’m mindful of all that Jesus gave up to walk among us. He humbled himself, and now we have a God who can sympathize with our weaknesses.
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. ” Philippians 2:5-7