There was a boy who was always thinking about himself. Most that knew him avoided him. While growing up he rarely treated anyone with respect. His parents were good people who tried to teach him love, honor and responsibility. He was often in trouble at school and his parents tried everything they could to correct his behavior. Continue reading
The more Sally thought about it the angrier she became. She was wearing her favorite dress and Lucy caused her to spill her chocolate milk all over herself. Lucy was always saying mean things to her and now she was going too far. She had kicked her backpack down the hill, pushed her off the wall in front of the school and now this.
Sally came through the front door just as angry as she was during lunch. Continue reading
Billy was walking his dog after dark one evening. As Billy and Spot rounded the corner at the end of their block Mr. Franklin’s cat ran out of the hedges and across the street.
Spot ran after the cat so fast Billy didn’t have time to react. The small beagle was now half a block away weaving in and out of cars parked on the street. The animals were moving too fast for Billy to keep pace. It was just a matter of a few seconds before he lost sight of them.
In spite of his effort he kept wishing he could move faster. The hallway seemed twice as long but he finally made it to the stairs. He began taking the stairs two at a time.
His bedroom door was now in arms reach. Jimmy was moving so fast that he wasn’t able to turn the door knob. His momentum drove him face first into the door. As he turned the knob he stumbled and fell forward into the room. Continue reading
A dozen ministry leaders from various churches were sitting in an expensive restaurant. They had gathered to dine and decide who would be the keynote speaker at an upcoming Dynamic Leadership Conference.
After discussing the size of their congregations and various ministry accomplishments there was quite a bit of tension because some desperately wanted their own time in the spotlight. Suddenly all of their cell phones rang at the same time.
None of their phones showed the incoming phone number, all it said on their screens was “I Am”. After looking at each other, the minister of the smallest church nervously answered the call, changed his phone to speaker mode and laid it on the table.
The voice of a stranger though somewhat familiar to a few of them said “in the world’s systems, those in power set themselves up over the powerless. It should not be that way with you. I will send a humble child who knows my heart to be the keynote speaker. You who are listening to my voice will clean the convention center after the crowd leaves.
Because, I oppose the proud but I give grace to the humble.”
Questions For Consideration
1. Have you ever let your ego get in the way of what is most important?
2. What are some ways to overcome our natural desire to be in charge?
3. If humility was a top priority in the church, what difference would that make in our relationship with society?
Written by Tom Wise. Copyright Finding Wonder 2013