Christianity is not for wimps or the faint of heart. Our example is described by words like "made himself of no reputation" ... "servant" ... "humbled himself" ... "became obedient" ... "death on a cross!" That's tough stuff. And that is our example. The story of the Jesus may begin with a sweet child, but it also begins with him being placed where animals ate their food. It is about the price paid to redeem and the people who are different because they know their Redeemer
...but [Jesus] made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!
— Philippians 2:7-8
Dear Lord, thank you for placing the Gospel story in the real world where we live. Jesus, thank you for being a Savior who has come into our world and faced its toughest chalenges. Help us as we learn to be sacrificial, obedient, and humble so that we can be used to help others find your grace. In Jesus name, Amen.