Humility is a major focus in our homeschool year-round, however it is of particular focus during the holiday season. Why? Because Jesus himself was the most humble person that will ever walk the face of this earth, and we want to be more like Him.
During the holiday season there are so many practical ways to teach our children (and ourselves) about humility. Here are some of our favorite ways to display this fruit of the spirit each year around this time:
1. Studying the scriptures. While this is something we do on a daily basis as a family, we try to add in extra studies about humility. This year we are focusing on humility in our book Learning to Speak Life™: Fruit of the Spirit. This family Bible study on the fruit of the spirit gives us some very unique and practical ways to show humility in our day-to-day lives. The main way this study is beneficial to our family is the focus on the words that we speak and training ourselves to speak God’s life-giving Words despite our circumstances. Be sure to print out this free list of humility scriptures to confess with your family.
2. Increasing your giving. This can be either financial giving or your time. We do both. We try to find a least 1-2 organizations that support ministries that focus on providing needs that we cannot meet as individuals. It feels so good to give instead of receive, and this is a major act of humility that Jesus displayed the very day that he died for us on the cross at Calvary.
3. Serving those in need. Each year we take the time as a family to find ways to serve those less fortunate in our own community. This year we are in a new place (we recently moved from Germany back to the US) and will be serving Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner to the homeless and food challenged in our area. This gives us such rich and Christ-filled conversations and prayers with our children. Our two youngest children (sons ages 5 and 6) are thrilled that they are big enough this year to hand out food on their own. A true joy for sure.
4. Finding a need and meeting it. We also train our children to keep an eye out for any needs that may arise around us. From cleaning an elderly persons home, to opening a door for a struggling mom, the needs around us are always there, you just have to open your eyes and heart to see them. For our children, this is a joy and a blessing to seek out these needs. It is a gentle reminder that we are always to be the hands and feet of Jesus, which is something that isn’t always “planned”.
We are thankful for the opportunity to seek out ways to continue to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of our Savior. I pray this holiday season that your family will find joy in doing the same!
What are some of your favorite ways to practice humility during the holiday season? Please let us know about it in the comments below!