“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” ~ Philippians 2:1-4
My little boy is currently going through a phase in which he wants to be right where I am, doing what I’m doing. Today, that consisted of sitting on my lap while I emailed a printer for price quotes, keeping one hand on the phone while I talked to my mother-in-law, standing in front of me while I did the dishes, and standing in a drawer next to me, waving a spoon, while I prepared dinner. My current favorite is when he pulls himself up beside me while I play the piano, playing and singing along.
All of this, however cute, does put a tiny spark of fear in me. Here is a little person who will be learning just about everything he knows from me. Everything. Walking, talking, interacting, attitudes. Everything. It’s moments like these that the full weight of parenting comes crashing down on my shoulders and I wonder what on earth I have gotten myself into.
I am thankful all the more, then, for verses like today’s passage from Philippians. We are not without a perfect role model in Christ. He has showed us how we are to live, being kind, compassionate, and humble. So even when it all seems overwhelming, it’s nice to know that there is Someone to look to who is happy to teach us all we need to know.