What a whirlwind of a schedule it was for me. Although I wasn’t really able to do or accomplish much, I felt exhausted. I’m not complaining though. It was a time well spent with the people I love. But, spending time with my family takes a lot of my time and energy.
One of the most important lessons I learned during this Christmas season that I will bring with me next year is this: be more vulnerable.
The story of the birth of Jesus is about God coming down from heaven to be with His people. That’s why the infant was called Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.”
But, did God, who is almighty and all-powerful, really need to come down to Earth as a small, delicate, and vulnerable child? I would never understand the ways of God. His ways are indeed higher. If I were God, I would have gone down with all my glory and power intact. But, it’s a good thing I’m not.
Yet, God came down in human form to reach out to us, for us to know that He understands what we’re going through, and to cry with us. He became vulnerable in order to reach us, our intellect, and our hearts.
He became vulnerable through His birth as a child. He became vulnerable by living, struggling, and becoming hungry as a man. He became vulnerable by dying a shameful death on the cross. But, He was able to reach us by doing so.
I want to change the world. I want to change our country. I want to reach out to the youth, especially those who are at risk. But, I realized that doing so takes more than just wishful thinking. It requires being vulnerable in order for me to reach other people. It requires getting down, disappointed, and discouraged, but deciding to stand up once again. It requires getting hurt and being rejected, but moving forward despite the hurts and rejections.
As we enter a new season and a new year, it’s important to remind ourselves of our missions — what we are here on Earth for. And as we fulfill our missions and answer our calls, we also have to remind ourselves that it takes being vulnerable in order for our dreams and missions to impact other people’s lives.
P.S. This is my Christmas gift to you. (Click this link to download my gift.) This is a high-resolution illustration which you can print on a 6 x 4 inches or 12 x 8 inches photo or art paper. It contains the blessing which Aaron, the brother of Moses, prayed for Israel. It’s also my prayer for you next year. And I pray that you bless others with this prayer as well.