What quality of Christ's do you most see in yourself? Tell us about it.
When He came into the world, the fanfare and hubbub were all around Him, but He was quiet (and, if you believe the carol, "no crying He makes" either!). He had that incident in which he "ran away" from his parents, but, we know from our reading that He was doing His Father's business, and definitely not raising a ruckus (except to amaze folks with what He was saying).
In all of His teaching engagements, He never announced who He was (for the longest time, He didn't want anyone to know who He really was) or had folks sign copies of His lecture notes afterward. He just spoke to them. And when He was tired, sought quiet--away from the people.
There was that time when He upended some tables in the temple. And though He was perfectly justified in His actions, the tables and their wares and the shouts of unhappy vendors were probably louder...as He was clearly still misunderstood at that time.
The loudest He ever was might have been when He shouted His final words upon the cross, before His arrival into Heaven (again).
I don't make a big entrance anywhere. I'm not flamboyant. (I dress in brown a lot!) I'm very quiet and unassuming most of the time. I try to let my actions speak louder than my words, and let my words speak volumes without coming across at too high a volume.
I tend to be both the first to arrive and the last to leave--because I never know when someone will seek me out, and my goal is to always be present and available. Just without the neon sign.
Not that it's always been to my benefit to be quiet. Sometimes, you really need to be heard in some way. I don't upend tables very often. And, actually, my version of upending tables is when I yell at my kids, and that's never been effective. Uncharacteristic, yes, and not effective.
I would do well to retreat to the mountain. Seek the quiet. Pray about how to speak the truth in love. Then return, quietly, parable in head, letting His words speak to them, even if they, yet, don't understand.