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“Rather, when you are invited, go and take the lowest place.” –Luke 14:10
It may be easy for us to give up the larger portion of cake to a friend or the place of honor at the table to an aging parent. We may surrender the remote to our spouse and offer deference to the boss, pastor, or team leader. It’s a little more challenging to make the humble choice our first choice in every circumstance, especially in those situations in which we, frankly, might feel we deserve a little respect and appreciation. Or when the person taking the seat of honor is not someone we honor very much at all. Fact is, humility doesn’t serve us well in our society. You have to be aggressive, self-promoting, and tooting your own horn maniacally to get ahead. You have to be the president of your own fan club to be elected or admired. Humility is only useful if the goal is wisdom and spiritual growth. Where are we headed: to the top or to the bottom?
Imagine your life like a spiritual Monopoly board. What properties would you need to acquire to “win”?
LET US PRAY… God of majesty and glory, we bow down and confess our smallness before you. Humility may feel uncomfortable to wear, but it’s an accurate fit for our place in your Creation. Guide us in a life of praise that, little by little, makes the virtue of humility a joyful exercise of truth. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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