Resolving to be humble, kind

By Charlie Martin
Catholic News Service

“Humble and Kind”

You know there’s a light that glows by the front door

Don’t forget the key’s under the mat

When childhood stars shine, always stay humble and kind

Go to church cause your momma says to

Visit grandpa every chance that you can

It won’t be wasted time

Always stay humble and kind

      Refrain:

Hold the door, say please, say thank you

Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie

I know you got mountains to climb

But always stay humble and kind

When those dreams you’re dreaming come to you

When the work you put in is realized

Let yourself feel the pride but

Always stay humble and kind

Don’t expect a free ride from no one

Don’t hold a grudge or a chip and here’s why

Bitterness keeps you from flying

Always stay humble and kind

Know the difference with sleeping with someone

And sleeping with someone you love

“I love you” ain’t no pick up line so

Always stay humble and kind

      (Repeat refrain.)

When it’s hot, eat a root beer Popsicle

Shut off the AC and roll the windows down

Let that summer sun shine

Always stay humble and kind

Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you

When you get where you’re going

Don’t forget to turn back around

And help the next one in line

Always stay humble and kind

Sung by Tim McGraw

      Copyright 2016, Big Machine Records

Think about qualities that would help your life become a success. What would you choose? How about resolving to be humble and kind?

There are many spiritual qualities out there that bring added meaning and satisfaction to our lives. However, practicing humility and kindness clearly allows the light of God’s presence to shine through you.

In that regard, I was attracted to Tim McGraw’s new single, “Humble and Kind.” The song is off his recent album and invites us to consider what these qualities mean.

The song’s protagonist suggests a litany of possibilities about how to live “humble and kind.” For example, he affirms that one should set high goals as “you got mountains to climb.” Yet, he also suggests that “when the work you put in is realized, let yourself feel the pride but always stay humble and kind.”

Moreover, he encourages us to never “take for granted the love this life gives you” and “when you get where you’re going, don’t forget to turn back around and help the next one in line.” Through life’s successes and failures, “always stay humble and kind,” he advises.

This song gives us much to consider as there are so many ways that we can practice humility and kindness. First and foremost, remember that God has given you every gift that you experience. His guidance, his faith in who you are and his love for you are endless. So, whenever you accomplish anything, be humble and acknowledge that it is God who directs your life.

Try to do small acts of kindness each day and do this as a service for which you may never be recognized. Your kindness can flow from the firm belief that God made all of us, and each of us bears an inherent imprint of worth and dignity. No matter who is before you, be kind to that person.

Also, smile. In fact, smile a lot! It has an immediate positive effect on others. Share your smile with everyone you meet.

When acting with kindness, don’t forget to extend this kindness to yourself. Sure, we all have a lot to learn, and sometimes our mistakes are our best teachers. Tell the truth about whatever mistakes you make, but follow that up quickly with an attitude of kindness to yourself. Such kindness is often laced with a dose of compassion, accepting that we learn as we go, and we need to kindly accept our mistakes.

Also, remember that everyone’s needs count, including your own. Still, practice humility by refusing to take your needs too seriously. Focus on helping others feel cared for and supported.

Acknowledge that you can grow more with these qualities. Ask God to help you become more humble and kinder as a way to reflect his care for all of his people. I suppose this list could continue to expand. I challenge you to construct a list.

Put your ego aside and give credit or recognition to others. Yes, the light and love of God shines through you when you are humble and kind.

      (Your comments are always welcome. Please write to me at: chmartin@hughes.net, or at: 7125 West CR 200 South, Rockport, IN 47635, or like this column on Facebook at “Charlie Martin’s Today’s Music Columns” and post a comment or suggestion.)

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