Everybody can be great!
Are you feeling somewhat small and inadequate today? Well according to the late Martin Luther King, “Everybody can be great.” Quite a statement eh! And we start muttering to ourselves, that it’s alright for him because he truly was a great man……
But he went on to say “Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theorem of thermo-dynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
When James and John Zebedee’s mum went to Jesus to ask if He would give her two sons the top places in the Kingdom, all twelve of the disciples started squabbling loudly over who should be the greatest, just like Muhammad Ali “I am the Greatest”
So Jesus got them together to settle things down and Matthew in 20:26 records Him as saying, “You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around, how quickly a little power goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant.”
Last Saturday, at her seminar ‘A Surrendered Life’, Jeanette Howard reminded us that true humility is neither thinking too much of ourselves, but nor is it thinking too little of ourselves – it’s not thinking of ourselves at all! That gets me every time, as I so often swing from prideful ‘know-it-all’ attitudes of self-conceit and complacency, from opinionated thoughts that brook no others, to the extremes of wiping the floor with myself and calling myself names I wouldn’t dream of calling others. All of which puts ME in the centre frame!
This morning, I realised that when I’m truly serving others, I’m not thinking of myself at all – and that’s when Jesus says I’m great! And that there’s no disqualification for any of us, any of the time, because we can all serve one another in some way or other, day by day by day – everybody can be great. Neat, eh?