FOR TEENS

HELPING HANDS

To me, one of the most important parts of Christmas is the spirit of giving. For the last three years I've joined with some friends from my church and others from our community to give to others, including an annual project in which we travel to Mexico just after Christmas, to help build houses for those who need them. We do a lot of fundraising to be able to make the trip, and it's a great way for the young people in our Christian Science community to have a giving experience.

Last year, I thought a lot about the connection between giving and humility. and I tried to express more humility every day. To me this meant putting others' interests before mine and knowing that what benefits them will also benefit me. It means to love God and love my neighbor as myself. One dictionary definition of humility that I've found helpful is "to lower in pride; make modest." And of course Jesus explained humility best when he said, "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth" (Matt. 5:5). In my own life, I've met many people who have inspired me to be more humble.

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