The Perfect Model of Humility

Life isn’t perfect, in fact it is very far from being one. In between peaks of victories and triumphs there are valleys of rejection, pain and unmet suffering. In these situations, you are confronted with uncertainty and most likely you’ll respond in doubt and fear. You either fight or you flee. There are even situations that others choose to fight even if one can be destroyed in the process. Just recently I met a friend who’s just short of telling me of frustrations getting on him. There were happenings in his work that he felt is unfair and that he should have been treated with more consideration. I bet the guy is intelligent, with great attitude and work ethic. He even scores an “A” in the soft side of things. He was just feeling bad that others can get away without results that really demonstrate good leadership. A word of encouragement and assurance would have made the situation better but he didn’t get any. He was getting a new assignment which will bring him away for extended periods of time from his family. It even brought him to think about entertaining early retirement.

I broached on him the idea of doing a deep reflection of the many possible reasons of why things happen. From the perspective of his superior, it is the best option for the situation, though for reasons the superior didn’t tell him exactly why. That’s the main reason he felt being disregarded. I even advised that he forgive the shortcomings of his superior — obviously having a blind side and also thinking for his own, without considering what’s really best for the long haul.

There are loose ends in life but for the Champion, he thinks about it from all perspectives. A thousand possibilities actually he thinks of. At the end of the day, the Champion concludes it’ll take humility to accept these things with a prayerful spirit that things will go for the better someday. After all, the Good Lord up there knows everything and the best thing given the circumstances is just to trust and to pray. Besides, life will take a different meaning years from now. Some elements take a forward seat while others retreat. God can simply weave life’s contrasting colors into different experiences that will create or unmake ourselves depending on how we act on the choices presented upon us.

Being humble also means thinking less more of ourselves and sacrificing more for others, trusting that one will gain goodness and refine character during the process. It means that we step back and consider that others are not as blessed as we are, or are in even more difficult situations. We are grateful still, because we have looked at the bigger picture and trust the Lord for His control of the situation. While we may feel defeated at the moment, our overriding concern is that we want to make our families feel secure despite the inconveniences, while making other people happy. Because in doing so the Champion in us feel that it is only in doing so that we also feel happier. While our happiness may take a backseat, our act of sacrificing for others make them happy, thus, eventually we become happier too. We inspire!

This Sunday is Palm Sunday. As we begin the Holy Week of the Lord’s Passion and Death, let us reflect deeply on the perfect humility that Our Savior showed. Despite His Majesty and Power, out of His love for us and humanity, He truly humbled Himself in more ways than we can ever imagine. As St. Paul exhorted in his letter to the Philippians,

“Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus,
Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
Rather he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him, and bestowed on him the name that is above every other name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2: 5-11)

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